The Hellenic Federation of Northern California organized a charity fund to aid poor families in Greece, believing the group had the moral obligation to help “these families that used to make a comfortable living and raising their children until recently, but suddenly now they have lost their jobs and their homes and they have to resort to soup kitchens and church-distributed food and clothing.”
After having raised about 12,000 euros in food supplies, they distributed them in several Attica neighborhoods as well as in other Greek cities. During the last distribution, officials shared food items to 85 poor families in Tavros area, Athens. Distinguished members of the Hellenic Relief Foundation joined the food distribution, including Stelios Taketzis and the head of the volunteers, Athina-Maria Siourdis. Greece is struggling through a financial crisis that has put nearly two million people out of work and impoverished many.
On August 14, food supplies costing about 3,500 euros were offered by the Federation to 18 families in Perama region, Attica. In late July, foods of 5,000 euros were provided to poor people in Tripoli, Peloponnese. Representatives of the California Federation announced their intention to organize one more charity event in New York, in order to raise even more money for Greeks.