On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Feed Our Vets (FOV) newV eteran Food Pantry in Cabot AR held its first food distribution to military Veterans and active duty military. The new pantry is located at 2535 S. Rockwood Drive, Cabot, AR, 72023, in Hope’s Closet and Pantry, and will be open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
The new Cabot Feed Our Vets food pantry will distribute free food on the third Saturday of each month. The pantry will be open to all Veterans and active duty military in need. New pantry clients need to provide proof of military service with Discharge Papers and Veterans Separation Documents (DD-214), a Veterans Organization Card, U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, Citation, Commendation or military ID and a photo ID.
The Feed Our Vets Cabot Pantry will hold its Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Feed Our Vets is able to open this new pantry with the support of volunteer Pantry Director, Deyonka Hickey, the sponsorship of Brinker International and its Chili’s Restaurants, and Hope’s Closet and Pantry.
Brinker/Chili’s is sponsoring the Cabot Feed Our Vets pantry and Chili’s Restaurant employees will be volunteering at the pantry’s food distributions.
Deyonka Hickey, a Cabot resident, an Air Force Veteran and an employee of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System contacted Feed Our Vets in August 2016 about opening a Veteran food pantry in Cabot. Since then she has worked on a volunteer basis with Feed Our Vets on finding a location for the pantry, setting up the pantry space, applying to the Little Rock Food Bank, collecting food donations, and recruiting volunteers. Her efforts were supported by Cabot residents Joyce Short and Michelle Charleston.
Hope’s Closet and Pantry has donated the space for the new pantry free of charge. The two separate organizations are sharing the location.
Brinker International and Chili’s Restaurants has sponsored Feed Our Vets with a generous sponsorship to support buying food for Feed Our Vets pantries and supporting the opening of the new Cabot pantry and a future pantry in Dallas, where Brinker International has its headquarters.
“We’re very excited to begin assisting Veteran and active duty families in Arkansas,” said Feed Our Vet Founder and Executive Director Rich Synek. “Some people ask us ‘Why a food pantry for only Veterans? No one in America should go hungry, and there are food pantry programs in almost every community.’ The answer is that Veterans who have served their country deserve and added layer of dignity. When they need help, they should have a place where supporters recognize and honor their service. For former service members who trained to be self-reliant, admitting they need help and asking for it can be especially difficult. Our experience is that some Veterans in need who wouldn’t go to a regular food pantry will get food from a Feed Our Vets pantry.”