Morton Grove, Ill.-based Lifeway Foods Inc. continues to stand with the people of Ukraine by expanding humanitarian relief efforts to support those in need, it says. Building on its ongoing efforts, Lifeway announced its specially marked charity relief bottle with 100% of profits going toward Ukrainian humanitarian aid with a commitment of up to $1 million.

In addition to the charity relief bottle, Lifeway has spearheaded several fundraisers, including the recent Chicago Chefs Cook for Ukraine presented by Lifeway, which raised $700,000 for World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés, the company says. The fundraiser brought together 73 of Chicago's top chefs for a tasting event to raise funds for Ukrainian relief.

Lifeway also is currently working with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, U.S.-Ukraine logistics companies, local European Consulates, as well as countless volunteers to get vital donations to Ukraine, it says.

Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods (herself a former refugee from Kyiv), noted that Lifeway Foods was founded with a mission to bring an ancient Slavic superfood, kefir, to the United States.

“It afforded my family the opportunity to participate in the American dream, fulfill entrepreneurial aspirations and pursue basic human freedoms. We, as a company, are devoted and committed to supporting humanitarian efforts and providing aid for those in need, including relatives of Lifeway employees that have been directly impacted," Smolyansky said in a statement. "The courage of the Ukrainian people is an inspiration to us all and we are proud to support those impacted as long as necessary to help recover and restore wholeness.” 

As a staple product in Ukraine, Lifeway's Plain Whole Milk Kefir will be offered as a special charity relief item and is anticipated to be available beginning in June, the company says.

Smolyansky added: "We are grateful for our many retail and distribution partners for their enthusiastic response in bringing this special product to shelves across the United States and for their commitment to stand with the people of Ukraine."

For further information on Lifeway's efforts or to donate to Ukrainian relief, visit