Jaycees "Food for Volos" Committee in Action

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Jaycees "Food for Volos" Committee in Action

Jaycees "Food for Volos" Committee in Action

December 18, 2015

Orlando Junior Chamber of Commerce collecting thousands of canned food for the starving citzens of Volos, the Greek city that Orlando adopted on April 22, 1946.

"'Food for Volos' Jaycee Committee Continues Active", Orlando Jayceer, Vol. X, No. 1, May 30, 1946, page two photo.

Pictured are the "Food for Volos" Committee of the Orlando Jaycees: Clem Brissier, general chairman; retiring president BIlly Arnold, President Cliff Cushion, Vice President Burton Thrornal, Secretary Cecil Farris, and Director Freddie Crews.

For more information on "The Orlando Plan" see Chapter 3 The Orlando Plan and AHEPA in Post-War Relief in Non-Governmental Relief to Greece: 1940-1949. A Comparative Study With The Truman Doctrine by Lisa Catherine Camichos.


Mrs. Bowe, a businesswoman and member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, realized that adopting an entire city would save more lives than attempting to work with individual orphans. She sent a proposal to the Orlando Jaycees Club suggesting Orlando be the first city in the country to adopt an entire city in Europe, feeding and clothing the population for three months, during which time the crops would be ready for harvesting. This adopted city would be equal in size and population to Orlando, which called itself the "City Beautiful".

On Monday, April 22, 1946, the Jaycees unanimously voted to accept Mrs. Bowe's challenge, and began the development of what came to be known as the Orlando Plan. Directed by the Jaycees, the Orlando Plan received support from civic groups, government organizations, churches, schools, and other clubs in the Orlando area. The objective of the Orlando Plan was to collect canned or dried food stuffs, and clothing to send to a European city...

The largest contributions came from the minority sector of Orlando, African-Americans and women. African-Americans contributed both labor and food to the Orlando Plan. Winter Garden Junior High School, an all African-American school, collected 1,800 cans of food; in addition, an African-American civic club collected 500 cans of food. The largest contribution, however, came from an all African-American high school. In less than one week 800 African American students at Jones High School collected 5,000 cans of food for Volos.... Surprised at the number of cans collected, Jaycees chairman Burton Thornall called this the finest civic gesture he ever witnessed.

Article courtesy of the Camichos Family Archives.



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