The regular Hellenic Relief Foundation’s monthly distribution of foods and goods took place on August 22nd, 2018. Around 350 families came to the offices of the Hellenic Volunteers Solidarity – HRF and received the monthly donation of staple foods. As usual, aiding were members of the Social Division of the Athenian Society, as well as various companies, which offered pasta, fresh milk, cereals, personal hygiene items, etc. Recipients were also given clothing.
Additional food was provided to institutions such as the Saronikos Municipality organizations for helping retired underprivileged artists, municipal Food Pantry, and to communities in the areas of Petralona, Holargos Municipality, and Spetses Municipality. In total, around 450 food packages were distributed.
The distribution occurred in the presence of HRF board members Stelios Taketzis, his wife Maria, and Tassos Philippakos, as well as the the spokesperson of the Social Division of the Athenian Society, Irini Xakousti.
As usual, everything was organized under the direction of the Hellenic Volunteers Solidarity , Ms. Maria Siourdi, and the work of our volunteers, Antonia Pantouvaki, Soula Belli, and Dora Papanikolaou, as well as with the support of the employees Xanthi Yiatagana and Foti Panagiotakopoulos.
Products were donated by the following companies: Foodlink, Agrovim, Nirevs Fish farms , Loulis Mills, Food Bank, N. Konstantopoulou Group, and Freshline for the personal hygiene items.
The Hellenic Relief Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501C3) organization. It was founded in January, 2012 with the goal of raising funds in the United States to be used towards the purchase of food items, and basic necessities for the underprivileged in Greece. To date $560,500 has been remitted to Greece, distributing products and services exceeding one million dollars in value since local companies in Greece donate various items, supplementing the deliveries and volunteer doctors and social workers provide valuable support.
Operating expenses in New York are covered by the Board of Directors, and delivery expenses in Greece are covered mostly through a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. All donations in their entirety are used to procure food, and other items for those in need in Greece.