London: ROCOR cathedral feeds record number of people in summer months

London, September 1, 2023     

The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God and the Royal Martyrs in London has been providing food to refugees and the needy since last December.

Every week, free boxes of food are distributed, each with enough provisions to feed a family for a week.

“The vast majority of the recipients are Ukrainian refugees, in need on account of the terrible war in their homeland; but there are also many other recipients finding themselves in need on account of the current cost-of-living crisis and other causes,” reports the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe.

To date, more than 1,200 boxes have been handed out. Donations in July and August exceeded expectations, allowing the food bank to feed a record number of people.

The director of the food bank, Simon Tingley, stated:

We are humbled and immensely grateful to announce that during the month of July, an astounding amount of over 500KG of food was generously donated to the cause. This included a variety of vital items such as grains, lentils, split peas, oats, rye, wheat, and long-life food products. These contributions formed the cornerstone of our mission to provide sustenance to those who need it the most.

To learn more about the London Cathedral Food Bank, including guidance on how to receive a food box if you are in need, or how to donate goods if you would like to support our work, contact the organizer, Reader Simon Tingley.

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