Yurii Melnyk
Odesa
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In short, we own a small local ramen restaurant downtown Odesa “BAO.14”. My friends and I have worked there for the past three years. We work alone and make everything from scratch. Almost everything is made by ourselves starting with ramen and up to growing green cooking herbs as well as recycling the disposables.

When the war broke out, from the very first moment I knew what to do and what was our super power. At that moment, I was visiting Kyiv to find a spot for a ramen café, yet, I immediately booked a ticket and returned to Odessa the next morning.

Once I was back, my friends, great guys, and I started cooking for Territorial Defense Units at our own expenses. We are based near the Opera House, that’s why we offered meals for all local people deployed for the defense. We have a real battlefield  kitchen because metal tank traps are right in front of the entrance to our restaurant. Shortly after that, we were contacted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs Office in Odesa, they helped us provide daily meals on a regular basis.

Meanwhile we are open every day and will be open until the victory. We hand out approximately 200-300 meals a day, cook simple but balanced and nutritious  food to keep the guys going for long.

A number of items and other groceries are provided by the volunteers, among them is meat which is extremely important.

We are currently looking for donations to buy disposables, grains and vegetables to continue with daily meals.

One meal doesn’t look like much but it’s a small step towards victory. What if we make many steps at a time?

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