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Amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a beacon of hope shines through the devastation. Two sisters, Marta Ostrovska and Oksana Khomia, have not only defied the odds but have brought a touch of comfort and humanity to the war-torn region through their non-profit organization, Lviv Vegan Kitchen.
Established in March 2022, just a few months after the full-scale Russian invasion began, Lviv Vegan Kitchen is more than just a kitchen; it’s a symbol of hope, sustenance, and community for those affected by the conflict. In the face of extreme challenges, including supply chain disruptions, intermittent bombings, and cooking amidst winter power outages with no electricity or hot water, Marta and Oksana have displayed remarkable adaptability and perseverance.
What sets Lviv Vegan Kitchen apart is its commitment to providing not just any meals but plant-based, vegan sustenance to those in need. In a region plagued by the devastating consequences of war, the sisters are not only nourishing bodies but also inspiring a dietary shift.
The impact of their work reached far beyond the borders of Ukraine when Seth Tibbott, a fellow animal activist and the founder of Tofurky, took notice. Tibbott’s Support played a crucial role in raising funds to acquire a car and improve the organization’s supply chain, enabling Lviv Vegan Kitchen to scale up its operations. Today, the organization stands as a testament to the global solidarity that exists in times of crisis.
Lviv Vegan Kitchen’s reach even extends to Los Angeles, where the sisters visited PETA‘s Bob Barker Building to receive a donation from the Global Compassion Fund. In a poignant PowerPoint presentation, they shared the stark contrast between life at the restaurant before the war and its current state. The Lviv Vegan Kitchen has transformed into more than just a place for meals; it’s a haven for refugees in Lviv, serving nearly 500 vegan dinners daily.
Marta and Oksana have also ensured that those who cannot reach the city are not forgotten. Lviv Vegan Kitchen has dispatched over 2,700 parcels of food and provisions to shelters, soldiers, and civilians throughout Ukraine. In a region currently marked by displacement and despair, these parcels and the sister’s work represent a lifeline and a reminder of compassion.
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