Bistro 163 lights up with local matches to feed Ukraine refugees

May 11, 2022 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

Bistro 163 has busily worked throughout April to raise $36,005 to help support World Central Kitchen and Chefs for Ukraine, two key agencies feeding refugees during the Russian invasion. Hoisting the Bistro 163 donation check on Beacon Day at Bistro 163 are, left to right, Editor D’Arcy Egan, Publishers Mary Alice and John Schaffner, Bistro 163 Board Member Mary Caracci, Director of Operation Ali Hermes, Account Executive Corrie Shiplett, Debra Wylie of Destination Design and Bistro 163 General Manager Babs Klacik.

During the entire month of April, Bistro 163 has been devoted to raising funds to support World Central Kitchen and Chefs for Ukraine, two major agencies feeding refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine.

Two of Bistro 163’s local benefactors in Port Clinton (Hal and Diane Warnke Hawk and a second anonymous couple) put up $5,000 each as matching funds to stimulate donations, boosting the total donations to $36,005 to help feed the hungry.

Contributions can still be made in three ways:

  • Donations have been made on by clicking on the “donate” button.
  • Checks have been mailed or hand delivered to Bistro 163.
  • Every dollar of “Pay It Forward” contributions at the restaurant through the month of April were also earmarked for WCK.

World Central Kitchen and Chefs for Ukraine have been feeding Ukraine refugees who have fled to neighboring counties or are still trapped in the Ukraine.

World Central Kitchen has been feeding refugees who have fled to neighboring countries including Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, as well as other countries in the region, including Belarus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

Chefs for Ukraine has partnered with restaurants inside the Ukraine to feed people displaced within the country. The U.N. estimates that nearly 8 million people have been displaced within Ukraine, and another 13 million people are believed to be trapped in war-affected areas of Ukraine. The country had a pre-war population of about 44 million.

Almost two-thirds of the Ukraine’s 7.6 million children have been displaced just six weeks into the invasion by Russian forces, according to UNICEF. An estimated 2.8 million children are internally displaced, while another 2 million have fled Ukraine altogether. In addition to the millions of children that are now refuges, half of the estimated 3.2 million children who remain in Ukraine are at risk of not having enough food.

On Orthodox Easter, which was Sunday, April 24, World Central Kitchen teams across Ukraine, Poland, and beyond celebrated the Easter holiday with special meals, sweet treats and painted eggs. But they didn’t forget about their regular meal preparations and deliveries.

“Hunger has no days off. If we don’t feed these people, no one will. It’s our duty,” said Chef Michael from WCK restaurant Vortutai in Odesa.

Bistro 163 is proud to have collected more than $36,000 in donations for World Central Kitchen as they continue to increase food security and build community, feeding hundreds of thousands of refugees in eight countries. The fundraiser has been an unqualified success because of the generosity of the local community, and Bistro 163 more than met its matching gifts.

Those wishing to donate to World Central Kitchen now, may do so on their website, Because food is a universal human right!

A documentary spotlighting Chef Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen will be shown on Disney+ beginning on the Memorial Day weekend. The National Geographic documentary, “We Feed People,” is directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard. It highlights World Central Kitchen’s efforts to feed people across the globe in the wake of natural disasters.

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