Posted on July 6, 2022 by jilldennison
It started with the pandemic in 2020 and a young college student, Aidan Reilly who was depressed …
“There was so much bad news. Economic collapse, political protests, social protests. It felt like there was very little that you could do about it.”
Reilly and his childhood friend James Kanoff were reading and watching news about food shortages when they came up with what started out as a simple plan to rescue some eggs from a farm that were about to be thrown away and get them to a food bank for distribution. But it evolved into a project – Farmlink Project – that has ended up involving hundreds of volunteers and providing more than 70 million pounds of food to food pantries and other distribution organizations. The food they provide is food that would have otherwise been wasted … but instead it is providing nourishment for families in need. I will let Aiden tell you the story himself, for he tells it so well, but be sure to check out the Farmlink Project (link above) for further details and to meet some of the volunteers who have made this work!
But it doesn’t end there …
While all of the volunteers at Farmlink Project are good people, one in particular stands out. Charles McBryde was the Brand Director for the Farmlink Project, but earlier this year he resigned that position and traveled to Ukraine where he helped found Mission Kharkiv, an organization whose mission is twofold:
- Organize a consistent supply of chronic, anticancer, and accompanying pharmaceuticals into Ukraine.
- Coordinate the efficient extraction of Ukrainian patients for treatment at clinics in the EU, UK, and US.
As Mr. McBryde modestly claims …
“The Farmlink Project cut its teeth solving a supply chain issue during an unprecedented global crisis. I merely hoped to do the same thing in Ukraine, just with more bombs and the occasional minefield.”
You can read his story and also a bit more about Mission Kharkiv if you’re interested … so many good people volunteering time, resources, and in the case of Mission Kharkiv, risking life and limb.
Thanks to: https://jilldennison.com