UTICA, New York – Feed Our Vets, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stocking food pantries across the nation in the battle against hunger among U.S. veterans, was the recipient of food and financial help contributed at two regional Veteran’s Day celebrations.
Feed Our Vets received a $1,000 donation from the Oneida Indian Nation during the tribe’s 12th annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort November 3rd, and boxes of non-perishable groceries from a food drive held during the Utica College Veteran’s Day Concert November 11th at the Clark Athletic Center.
“It is wonderful to see the Utica community provide widespread support for our veterans, who deserve honor and recognition for their many sacrifices for our country and our individual freedoms,” said Richard Synek, the founder and Executive Director of Feed Our Vets. “We’re grateful to the Oneida Nation and the many individuals who contributed desperately needed financial aid and food.”
Synek said the funds from Oneida would pay for about two week’s expenses for the organization. Every month, Feed Our Vets spends about $3,000 to provide food for veterans and their families in Central New York.
The Veteran’s Day concert on campus, which featured performances by the Utica College Band, Utica College Choir, and the Utica Maennerchor, was a free public event. Attendees were asked to bring much-needed non-perishable food items for Feed Our Vets, which will distribute them to area food pantries.
“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,” said Synek. “Veterans Day is set aside for our nation to collectively honor the men and women who are living among us after heroically and selfishly protecting our freedoms, and we want all Americans to know that the greatest need for many of them is basic food and shelter.”
Every day, more than 1,000 active duty personnel become U.S. veterans and more than 130,000 veterans remain homeless and hungry on any given night in America, including female veterans with dependent children.
“Our veterans cannot even begin to look for employment if they are spending their days trying to find housing or food for their children,” said Synek.
Feed Our Vets works to establish veteran-oriented food pantries in cities and towns across the United States. The pantries distribute free food and groceries at regular, scheduled times to U.S. military veterans and their families. Veterans can find a food pantry in their area on the Feed Our Vets resource page, along with other agencies that offer assistance and support for homecoming soldiers.
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.