Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia began on February 24, more than two million people have fled to seek refuge in neighboring border countries like Poland, Romania, and Moldova. Still, some Ukrainian citizens are unable to leave or have opted to stay behind, heeding the call by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to defend the country against the Russian invaders.
Aid organizations from around the globe have stepped up to help provide medical assistance and to feed, cloth, and house hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. This includes World Central Kitchen (WCK), the nonprofit food relief organization run by chef Jose Andres, which is stationed in Poland, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary to help provide hot meals at pedestrian border crossings. Atlanta chefs Hugh Acheson and Sam Herndon were among the restaurant industry professionals lending their assistance in helping WCK with relief efforts along the border. But support for Ukraine is also occurring at the local level right here in Atlanta.
Below is a running list of Atlanta restaurants, pop-ups, breweries, and food businesses raising funds for various aid organizations to help support Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and refugees fleeing the country.
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Local Aid Efforts to Support
Chef Seung Hee Lee is hosting a pop-up Sunday, March 20, at Old Fourth Ward Italian restaurant A Mano to support efforts by World Central Kitchen in Ukraine and the work done by bystander training organization Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice following the murders of eight people in Atlanta last year (six of them women of Asian descent.) A portion of each ticket sale goes toward these organizations. For those who can’t attend, Lee encourages people to donate directly.
AAPI women chef collaboration Goodie Box for World Central Kitchen
18 Atlanta AAPI women chefs and pop-ups are collaborating on a goodie box fundraiser for World Central Kitchen and the nonprofit’s efforts to support the Ukrainian people and refugees fleeing the country. Expect sweet and savory bites from chefs and pop-ups like Seung Hee Lee, Mia Orino, Vivian Lee, Jiyeon Lee, Three Lola’s Bakeshop, and the Chai Box. Boxes are $100 with all proceeds benefiting World Central Kitchen in Ukraine. Preorder by March 20 for pick up on Buford Highway and in Cabbagetown March 27. Click here for details.
From now until March 17, bakeries and bakers from around the world will be making and selling hamantashen cookies with a percentage of sales donated to the Ukrainian refugee assistance effort by Polish Humanitarian Action. Buenos Dias Cafe at the Met in Atlanta and the Fine Print Bakery in Cumming are the current Atlanta and Georgia participants in the bake sale. Hamantashen is associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim and signifies the victory over Haman and triumphs of good over evil. Click here for a list of participating bakers and bakeries.
Firemaker Brewing March Giving Tap Supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross
Since opening in 2020, Underwood Hills brewery Firemaker Brewing has dedicated proceeds from one of its taps to charity. In March, a portion of the proceeds from Firemaker’s Giving Tap (Chattahooch-Tea, Southeastern IPA) goes to support the Ukrainian Red Cross. Now through March 31, 2022.
Eleven TLC Ponce City Market herbal beverage shop March Ukraine fundraiser
The herbal beverage shop at Ponce City Market is donating a portion of its March proceeds to CARE Ukraine Crisis Fund, a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger. The Ukraine fund provides food and water, hygiene kits, and other support services and direct cash assistance.
Polish Food Pop-Up Brave Wojtek Fundraising for Ukraine
Having recently raised over $2000 in donations for Ukrainians in need and the Ukrainian army, Matt Reeves and his pop-up Brave Wojtek plan to continue the fundraising endeavor for the foreseeable future.
“We donated everything, and spoke to our friends and neighbors working on the frontline in Poland on how best to distribute our earnings, and have decided to supply workers there with drones needed for observation in Kviv,” Reeves tells Eater. “The rest of our money is going straight to the Ukrainian army and to contractors sending body armor to soldiers there.”
A portion of future sales will continue benefitting organizations helping to provide relief and to Ukrainian people in need. Look for a future pop-up fundraiser between Brave Wojtek and 8ARM on Ponce and Belgian waffle pop-up Wafel Wagen.
Our Bar ATL raising awareness and funds to support Ukraine via World Central Kitchen
The Edgewood Avenue bar and pop-up kitchen, known for hosting community social justice events and voter and community clothing drives, is helping raise funds for World Central Kitchen and the nonprofit’s efforts in feeding Ukrainians and those fleeing the violence in the country.
International Aid Efforts to Support
World Central Kitchen Ukrainian Support Efforts
The nonprofit food relief organization, run by chef Jose Andres, has been on the ground in bordering countries with Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February. Food distribution centers are currently set up in Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. World Central Kitchen is also working with restaurants and bakeries to help feed people in several Ukrainian cities, including Odesa, Kharkiv, and Lviv. Follow on Instagram for updates. Donate here.