Through our Adopt-a-Bubbe program, Action provides food for Jewish elderly living in poverty in Eastern Europe. With a $180 donation, Action can deliver monthly food packages to one Bubbe (Yiddish word for grandmother) or Zayde (grandfather) for a year.
Since the break up of the Soviet Union and the resulting hyperinflation, pensions were reduced and savings disappeared. Action recruits coordinators who know their Jewish community, and asks them to find the most vulnerable Jewish retirees who need help. Many live on their own in poor conditions and some are unable to leave their homes. With our funds, coordinators purchase and deliver fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and meats directly to their homes. When needed, we have also provided eyeglasses or hearing aids, a lamp to read by, or coal for heat in the winter months.
The recent war fomented by Russian in Eastern Ukraine has had a drastic effect on the economy in Ukraine. Their currency has lost 2/3 of its value. That means pensions lost 2/3's as well.
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Emma Arnoldovna Melnitanskaya from Kirovograd, Ukraine, a retired dentist, had most of her savings wiped away by hyperinflation. She is now forced to live on a very tight budget, which does not allow her to purchase fruits or vegetables. Thanks to Action, she receives food packages through our Adopt-a-Bubbe program.
This is a typical food delivery that Bubbes and Zaydes receive through Action's Adobt-a-Bubbe program - fresh fruit and meat for protein. Some also receive cooking oil, rice and kasha. Needy pensioners are too poor to afford these items.
Anna Slobodanik from Kirovograd, Ukraine, is a retired pediatrician. Now, unable to leave her apartment, she receives regular visits from Action and food packages through our Adopt-a-Bubbe program.
Leah Shalomova from Mariupol, Ukraine with a gift of food from Adopt-a-Bubbe, which includes a whole chicken. Mariupol is within the war zone in Eastern Ukraine. We are unable to ship clothing and shoes there, but funds still get through to help with food and medicine.
A patronnage worker from the Joint who helps Leah Shalomova holds a photo of Leah's daughter, Sonya, who died several years ago in her 50's from an unknown cause. Early deaths leave many pensioners without family to help as they grow old.
Vavara Ivanovna Drucker from Pavlograd, Ukraine. She had a stroke several months before our visit, but she remained in bed the whole time. Vavara received a gift of food for herself and her husband, Ilya Drucker. Many stroke victims are on their own at home for recovery.
Valentina Philipanova and her husband Yuri Petrovich Pogorilov from Pavlograd, Ukraine. Yuri is an insulin dependent diabetic and has already lost a leg to the disease. Adopt-a-Bubbe gave them fresh fruit and a whole chicken.