Ferry Meals for refugees help them arrive in Athens warm, fed, and ready to deal with the next big challenge: getting asylum somewhere.
On Lesvos Island, once the refugees arrive on a dinghy, the risk to their lives is not as high, but they risk cold and hunger. As long as they get registered and can get papers to proceed onward into Europe (which isn't always the case anymore) they can get on the ferry to Athens.
The ferry to Athens is a huge boat. It carries cars and trucks and hundreds of people. But it is a 12 hour ferry ride. There is a concession stand on the ferry, but the food is like airport food, and the prices are similar to airport prices. Most refugees don't have the cash to buy food on the ferry.
So we assemble snack bags. Each bag contains an energy bar, a sealed croissant, a piece of fruit, and a jam sandwich.
A donation to help fund our ferry project goes towards all the supplies needed for snack bags. We've found a team of Greek volunteers that make the sandwiches and bundle up the packs. We're leveraging our connection to an orange farmer to continue helping him harvest an orange crop that would otherwise rot on the trees.