A homelessness charity has enlisted former gig economy cyclists to deliver food to starving people in remote areas of Ukraine.
Depaul International has been supporting people made homeless or displaced by Russia’s invasion in the country. The charity has even brought in people it used to help before the conflict to support others who are sheltering in makeshift bomb shelters in Kharkiv and Odesa.
The latest innovation is targeting people around Kharkiv, according to Father Vitaliy Novak, chair of Depaul Ukraine. Novak is leading the charity’s humanitarian response in the country and has spent the last two months driving trucks packed with aid across Ukraine.
A team of six cyclists approached Depaul to deliver food to people who need it and now deliver food twice a week, getting meals into the hands of 100 people in a month.
“People can’t imagine not receiving aid from Depaul. It has been 72 days of not being able to leave their homes or bomb shelters,” said Novak.
“I’m proud that people say Depaul’s food is fresh and tasty. They also know we are coming regularly, as they need food every day.