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Edinburgh’s Parsley Box offers Ukrainian Food Aid

Yulia Thomson (one of the company's Ukrainian members of staff) assisting with the packing

THE Edinburgh based food delivery company, Parsley Box, is continuing to support Ukraine refugees after customers helped send vital ready meals to those devastated by the ongoing crisis.

More than 5,000 ready meals were sent to the war border after one of the company’s Ukrainian members of staff, Yulia Thomson, urged her colleagues to help her family and friends stuck in areas of conflict.

Now a charity partner has committed to help deliver further pallets, allowing ongoing help.

Two weeks ago, Parsley Box secured air freight to deliver the first consignment of ambient ready meals which can be easily transported. They’re easily and quickly heated in a microwave, many of which are available in refugee camps.

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The campaign invited customers to pledge a meal from the Parsley Box range, when making their own orders. Each donated meal was matched by the business resulting in the huge consignment being sent out.

Yulia said that her Ukrainian friends and family – who are sending back reports of living in basements with no food, little water and no medicine – say thank you to everyone who has helped.

Edinburgh has particularly close ties with the Ukraine as the city is twinned with the capital city of Kyiv – currently suffering from constant Russian attack.

‘This is the most appalling situation,’ said Yulia who receives texts and photos every day of the atrocities and devastation in her country.

‘We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. These people have lost their homes and incomes so sending food is one way of keeping spirits – and many Ukrainians – alive.’

Parsley Box has now set up the campaign on its website so it can continue matching customers’ donations for the foreseeable future.

MD, Simon Russell, said customers had been exceptionally generous with many committing to buy hundreds of pounds worth each of food to be sent over.

‘Thanks to the overwhelming response to our plea to donate meals for Ukrainian refugees, we have decided to continue our appeal. Through a new partnership with Sunflower Scotland we now have continued transport for the meals our customers purchase, so we will ensure they reach those people in most need on a regular basis.’

Anyone wanting to to pledge a meal to the cause for just £3.99, can add it to their basket when shopping and Parsley Box will match the donation. Alternatively donations of food can be made by calling the customer phone number on 0800 612 7225.


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