Ukrainian chefs feeding Ukrainian fighters and refugees during Russian war

by Ryan Meilstrup

As the war in Ukraine rages on, there have been many images of carnage. However, there are also images of Ukrainians bravely helping their fellow countrymen.

One such example comes to us via a Ukrainian chef who is putting his talents to good use by turning his restaurant into a bomb shelter to feed Ukrainians fighting Russian invaders.

Ivegen Kloptenko, who won the Ukrainian version of Master Chef, told Fox News, “If I’m not good to soldier, so it’s better not to go to the army if I cannot kill someone. But I can support it. I can do a lot of things which will help the Ukrainian Army.”

He added, “They need to eat, they need to be, to have money. They need to be to have what to wear… A lot of things which someone could do and this one, I can do very good.”

Kloptenko isn’t the only one feeding war-weary Ukrainians; a non-profit called World Central Kitchen has been providing thousands of hot meals to Ukrainians who are stuck in Ukraine or are fleeing to neighboring countries to escape the violence.

The non-profit has joined forces with local chefs and restaurants to serve hot meals at border crossings in Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Moldova.

According to CEO Nate Mook, his organization has already distributed tens of thousands of meals and planned to deliver another 25,000 on Tuesday.

World renowned chef Jose Andres has been on the ground helping World Central Kitchen to distribute food as well.

He tweeted, “Hot meal distribution today in Ukraine at the Rava-Ruska border! Huge lines as people wait to enter Poland…@WCKitchen is partnering with Caritas nuns to serve food here & the Shehyni border crossing…We will also bring them additional supplies soon! #ChefsForUkraine.”

He also tweeted, “People of the World…Reporting from the Ukraine border! This is one of the places that has hot meals. It is below freezing tonight & I am meeting so many refugees, families who are escaping & don’t know what’s next…We will do our best not to let them down!”

The services these chefs and volunteers provide will be even more crucial as the war continues and more people flee war-torn Ukraine.

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