Up to 5,000 ready meals sent from Ireland to Ukraine will not only feed the soldiers on the front lines, but also the families who are fleeing the war.
And the fact that the word “tae” is printed on tea bags shows how close Ireland is now in supporting Ukrainian fighters and victims of the conflict.
Each serving, which comes in a green plastic wrap, contains calorie and electrolyte-boosting foods, such as burrito and rice, chili and rice, pork sausage and beans, meatballs and pasta.
And increase the amount of sugar available on hand with orange flavored cakes, waffles, chocolate cakes, and even bottles of cola.
These packages are traditionally eaten by the Self-Defense Forces when soldiers are training in Ireland or on peacekeeping missions abroad.
But now, these meals can be of great help to those arriving at the border outside Ukraine, surviving the war or maintaining the energy to continue fighting on the front lines.
Comdt Defense Force press officer Gemma Fagan told Irish independence: “These packages will help people who have perhaps gone several days without food.
“Perhaps at this point that will include young children. So if we can assist in any way, to help people get to the border, get to safety, then this will do it.
“We have no say where on the ground it will go. But these will be the meals waiting for those who really need it.
“Food could reach the warriors and displaced families who have walked for miles for long periods of time. They need energy and this food will provide them.
“They’re walking to escape the burning towns and villages.”
Defense force cadets Conor Maguire (24), from Stillorgan, south Dublin, and Sophie Dunworth (21), from Templeogue, south Dublin, both tasted rations during training and they said that The food gave them the energy they needed to get through.
Practitioners swapped out snacks and prepared meals for others to go out as part of team building, and they were convinced that even getting snacks like cookies and bottles of cola would be really uplifting. morale.
“We use them abroad and in peacekeeping missions abroad,” says Comdt Fagan.
“For the first to go on a mission, nothing was set up. We had to set up camp when we got there.
“For example, the Rangers will live off of the packages because there will be no kitchen set up.”
Comdt Fagan recalls when the ration packages were a series of less exciting basic foods, such as meats and vegetables. As more became known about the need for specific calories for energy, she said, meals were modernized.
“Soldiers’ tastes” also became more diverse, and that’s when “people started asking for better food,” she said.
“Packages have evolved and have come a long way,” she added.
For the first time in the 21st century, Ireland provided rations and armor packages to another country to defend itself from invasion.
Defense Secretary Simon Coveney approved the supply of about 10 tons or 5,000 units of ready-to-eat meals and 200 units of armor, as a response to a “direct request from Ukraine for non-lethal equipment to be identified.” specific determination”.
Minister Coveney confirmed food and armor as part of the Government’s contribution of around 11 million euros to Ukraine through the European Peace Fund (an aid fund) and 20 million euros in humanitarian assistance. again.
“We stand by our side, ready to help in any way we can,” said Comdt Fagan. So whatever is required of us, we will assist. “
Packages include breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert, and snacks. Drinks include tea, coffee and hot chocolate. And for those who may not have access to clean water, there are water purifiers.
There are also vegetarian options.
All meals can be eaten cold, if necessary, but food can be reheated within minutes.
The Self-Defense Forces have made it clear that, despite the variety of foods in packages, the most important issue is providing the energy to help people on the ground.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/tae-and-cola-bottles-inside-the-ration-packs-sent-to-ukrainian-soldiers-from-ireland-41456283.html Bottle of ‘Tae’ and cola: Inside rations sent to Ukrainian soldiers from Ireland