The newest weapon in Feed Our Vets’ battle against Veteran hunger is a food pantry on wheels.
The mobile pantry, based in Upstate New York, makes food distributions to Watertown once a month and has ventured throughout the northeastern United States in its mission to feed hungry Veterans.
The Watertown location is important not only for the large number of military Veterans in the area, but also because of its proximity to Fort Drum Army base.
Feed Our Vets serves not only Veterans, but also in some cases, those men and women still enlisted in the military, along with their families.
It seems unbelievable to many that some families of enlisted service members are having trouble feeding their families for an entire month, but low pay, spousal unemployment and mortgage problems have made it difficult for even some active-duty families to make ends meet.
The mobile pantry, emblazoned with Feed Our Vets logos, holds hundreds of pounds of food, enough to provide large numbers of Veterans and their families with enough food for an entire week.
“Like our stationary pantries, the mobile pantry allows Veteran and active-duty families to ‘shop’ for the food items they want and to carry out as much food as they want, all at no cost to the family,” said Feed Our Vets Founder and Executive Director Rich Synek. “This mobile model is something we’d like to replicate all over the country. It allows us to feed more Vets in more places. We’re in the beginning stages of planning a cross-country trip that will raise awareness for Veteran hunger and feed Vets all over the U.S.”
The mission of Feed Our Vets is to provide good, nutritious food to United States Veterans whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger.
More than 130,000 Veterans are homeless on any given night in America. One in three homeless people in America is a U.S. Military Veteran. And nearly three million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. We provide food for veterans throughout the U.S.