Feed Our Vets Applauds New York Community for Meeting the Needs of Impoverished Veterans and Sets Goal to Expand Assistance in 2013
UTICA, New York – Feed Our Vets (www.feedourvets.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to stocking food pantries across the nation in the battle against hunger among U.S. veterans, is applauding a New York community for its commitment to ending hunger for American soldiers and their families.
The agency points specifically to the residents of Utica for working together throughout 2012 to keep the shelves stocked at the community’s food pantry, and raise money to help homeless and hungry veterans in the region.
“The Utica, New York food pantry is a wonderful example of how people from all walks of life come together to support food distributions to veterans in need,” said Richard Synek, the founder and Executive Director of Feed Our Vets. “Throughout the year we had everyone from motorcycle riders to hockey fans to Boy Scout troops join us in the effort to raise funds and food for the pantry in Utica. They set an amazing example that we hope to duplicate in other communities in the coming year.”
The Utica Feed Our Vets pantry held its first Motorcycle Rally fundraiser early last summer. It was so successful that bike lovers have already signed up for this year’s event on August 11, which will have riders starting in four upstate New York cities – Binghamton, Watertown, Rochester, Utica – and all finishing together in Syracuse.
Utica sports fans also rallied to support Feed our Vets, through a partnership with a local hockey team, the Syracuse Crunch, which donated a portion of ticket sales to the organization. Cub Scouts also worked on behalf of hungry veterans, collecting more than 2,500 pounds of food for the pantry during the winter.
Synek said Utica sets a great example for other communities to follow. “When everyone works together, the impact is significant. Many veterans and their families had their basic needs taken care of last year because of the generous people in Utica who cared and showed it by donating their time, energy and money.”
There are an identified 62,619 homeless veterans in America. One in three homeless people in America is a U.S. military veteran, and nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month.
Feed Our Vets, founded for the purpose of reducing hunger among American heroes, hopes to establish several new veterans focused food pantries this year and expand the territory served by its mobile food pantry, which distributes food to veterans in underserved rural communities in upstate New York.
About Feed Our Vets: Feed Our Vets is a nonprofit food pantry created to provide nutritious food to United States veterans whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger. The organization stocks food pantries across the country to feed the more than 130,000 veterans who are homeless or hungry on any given night in America. Feed Our Vets serves not only veterans, but also men and women still enlisted in the military, along with their families. For more information, visit www.feedourvets.org.