Feed Our Vets (www.feedourvets.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger among American veterans, reports that a post-holiday decline in food and financial donations is hampering the organization’s ability to feed all the soldiers and their families requesting help, including active duty military members stationed at Fort Drum.
“We are urging individuals and companies to make Feed Our Vets and other hunger organizations a priority in 2014 as we continue to see increasing numbers of servicemen and women, both retired and active duty, who struggle to put food on their family table,” said Richard Synek, founder and Executive Director of Feed Our Vets. The organization depends on financial support to supply nutritional meals to veterans and family members each month.
As many as one in three homeless people in America are veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. About 20% of the military members who get help from the Feed our Vets food pantry in Watertown are soldiers and spouses stationed at Fort Drum, home to 19,605 military and 19,810 family members.
Feed Our Vets operates a second food pantry in Utica, and a mobile food pantry to help veterans in underserved regions of upstate New York. Synek pointed to the small New York communities as an example of how easily Americans can make a difference in veterans’ lives. Groups like scouts, sports teams, schools and even motorcycle clubs hold fundraisers and food drives to help Feed Our Vets accomplish its mission to see that no veteran goes hungry.
“Even the smallest efforts to help can make a very big difference in the lives of veterans and their families,” Synek said. Businesses can also get involved by challenging employees to donate to the organization. For more information on how you can help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.