On Saturday, December 24 the Hellenic Relief Foundation had its annual Christmas distribution in Greece. Over 900 food parcels containing provisions for Christmas meals were distributed to vulnerable families.
The meal packages included turkey, potatoes and other staples to allow families to prepare a holiday meal.
The New York City-based organization partnered with local organizations in Athens and Piraeus, as well as churches and aid groups in Thessaloniki and numerous islands and towns of the mainland to get the food into the hands of those most in need.
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 approximately $432,000 has been remitted for purchase of food in Greece.
Additionally local companies in Greece have donated items valued to about 150,000 euros. In total approximately 420 tons of aid has been purchased and distributed.
Operating expenses are covered by the Board of Directors, and 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.