In response to continued food insecurity in Greece, the charity group Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., announced a new $1 million challenge gift to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to expand its programs.
Implemented in partnership with Apostoli (Mission), the humanitarian organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens, the programs offer sustainable access to safe and nutritious food for children, families, and the elderly, and provide relief to refugees.
The gift to IOCC will further the work it has been doing over the past five years to address the critical health and nutritional needs emerging in Greece, support the development of agricultural cooperatives that provide jobs and food, and offer educational programs for students from low-income families.
Every dollar contributed to IOCC’s efforts in Greece will be matched by the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., up to $1 million to provide fresh food, supplemental food assistance, medical aid, support for agricultural associations, refugee assistance, and other relief over the next two years.
An estimated 50,000 vulnerable families throughout Greece will benefit from the program.