Pleasanton Community Volunteers, send food to Ukraine – NBC Bay Area

An unprecedented number of Ukrainians are fleeing the country. Two million people have already escaped, half of them children, and the Bay Area is mobilizing to help those who are still struggling to get by.

Rice, soybeans and other nutritious foods were neatly packaged at a warehouse in Pleasanton on Tuesday.

“You have 40 people here who have come forward to volunteer,” said volunteer Mark Williams. “Instead of sitting at home watching the news and crying, they decided to do something about it.”

Their goal is to pack food that will be sent to help refugees in towns along the border.

“They walk a mile up a hill and bring it back in a bucket, they can’t get the food they need right now,” said volunteer Sue Williams.

One hundred and ninety thousand meals came out of storage last week and they hope to release a quarter of a million more in the next six days.

They know that the needs in Ukraine are immense. Thousands of people are still trapped in cities outside Ukraine and people are desperate.

The city of Lviv is home to more than 200,000 refugees. Mayor Andriy Ivanovych Sadovyi spoke to the NBC crew on the ground and said the refugees were staying at his home.

But he’s frustrated… saying they’re reaching a breaking point and need more help.

Pleasanton volunteers know this and organizers of the effort say they are just getting started.

“There will be people volunteering every two hours for the next few days,” Williams said.

Kids Against Hunger sponsored the Tuesday night event.

You can help them by volunteering over the next few weeks.

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