A food train created by the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) departed on its maiden trip—from Kyiv to Kharkiv and Izium—on 23 November.

Ukrzaliznytsia announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

"Among other things, on Thanksgiving Day, a traditional American family holiday, the train will serve holiday dishes: baked turkey and pumpkin pie. All the food prepared on the train will be donated as a token of gratitude to those whose daily work is helping the frontline region hold on and move toward victory: rescuers, police officers, doctors, and railroad workers," the statement said.

Meals from the food train will also be delivered by Save Ukraine volunteers to residents of cities in need of food.

"Ukrzaliznytsia has launched another social project in partnership with the Howard Buffett Foundation. It is symbolic that the food train began its first voyage on Thanksgiving Day. Today we want to thank our military and those who save civilians on the front lines in the Kharkiv region every day. These are doctors, police officers, and employees of the State Emergency Service, and our train will deliver holiday meals to them," said Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Yevhen Liaschenko.


A month ago, Ukrzaliznytsia completed the creation of the world's first food train, which can autonomously produce about 10,000 meals a day.

The train consists of six cars: a generator car (~400 kW and a fuel station for autonomous operation); a refrigerator car with a freezer for storing food; a car with a cold kitchen for pre-processing food; a car with a hot kitchen for preparing the final dishes; a car for train staff with a shower and a washing machine; a baggage car with 27,000 liters of water with filtration and pumping stations.

" The Food Train can operate autonomously for 5-7 days and is equipped to prepare complete meals: soups, cereals, salads, meats, etc. Special ThermoBoxes installed inside the train make it easy to transport ready-made portioned food containers from the Food Train to the consumer," Ukrzaliznytsia said.