Central GOK humanitarian hub distributes 6,000 food packages among residents of Dnipropetrovsk and Kirovohrad communities

The food packages were provided on the Easter eve to the vulnerable people residing in Petrove, Hleiuvatka, Lozuvata, Novolativka, Shyroke and Karpivka communities. The village residents received Easter presents as part of the Saving Lives initiative implemented by Metinvest Group in concert with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

Last week, vehicles queued near the humanitarian hub based on the premises of Metinvest’s Central GOK. Mostly, these were yellow schools buses. At the time of war schools have switched from offline to online learning and school transport can be used to transport important humanitarian cargoes.

Over the year of war, representatives of six nearby communities of Kryvyi Rih have met near the Central GOK humanitarian hub many times. They have put in place robust procedures to ensure a smooth humanitarian distribution process. A Central GOK employee controls the number of food packages, warehouse loaders bring piles of humanitarian aid packages and load the cargo onto the vehicles within a few minutes.  

“Over the last year, humanitarian assistance has become an integral part of daily operations at Metinvest’s Central GOK. The company’s employees have demonstrated that they are not only professional miners but also people with kind hearts. They joined the team of volunteers of the Saving Lives project that has helped nearly 500,000 Ukrainian people in 70 local communities. Central GOK employees formed the food packages for the vulnerable people of Kryvyi Rih as well as 14 communities in Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Kherson and Donetsk regions,” stated CEO of Metinvest’s CGOK Dmytro Shevchyk.

This was the much awaited assistance for low-income families, single mothers and families of people with special needs as well as guardians, liquidators of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and other people who are struggling to survive in these challenging times due to low income or health issues. The food packages from the Saving Lives project came in handy as each food package contains flour, sugar, salt, oil, condensed milk, pasta, tinned meat and fish.

“We are very grateful to Metinvest for their constant assistance as it’s so important. This is a great support for Lozuvata community where more than a thousand IDPs have found refuge during the war. By helping other people and treating them with respect we become stronger, and it makes us believe that light will win over darkness,” stated first deputy of Lozuvata village mayor Zoya Zahorodnikh.

More than 200 companies from all over the globe became the project donors, with 400 volunteers and 10 foundations and NGOs joining the initiative.