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, will be in New York City’s Time Square February 9th to call attention to the serious problem of hunger and homelessness plaguing soldiers after they return from active duty.
The Utica-based organization will provide literature, share statistics, and educate the public on how they can help meet the needs of poverty-stricken veterans and their families. The Feed Our Vets team will be stationed at Military Island, a pedestrian plaza located between 43rd and 44th streets, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
“We couldn’t think of a better or more fitting location to reach as many people as possible in one day,” said Richard Synek, the founder and Executive Director of Feed Our Vets.
“Most people don’t realize that one in three homeless individuals in their city is a veteran. Our goal is to increase awareness of the problem many of our veterans are facing in taking care of themselves and their families, and let the residents and visitors in New York City know what we are doing to help and how they can join us.”
Feed Our Vets operates two food pantries, in Utica and Watertown and runs a mobile food pantry to help veterans in underserved regions of upstate New York. The organization also partners with food pantries nationwide to make sure that veterans have access to sufficient food for themselves and their families, including offering pickup times designated just for veterans.
Feed Our Vets continually monitors and tracks the status of veterans’ hunger and housing issues. According to recent studies, more than 130,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in America and nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month.
Synek pointed to the small community of Utica as an example of how easily Americans can make a different in veterans’ lives. Groups throughout the town – including scouts, sports teams, schools and even motorcycle clubs – regularly hold fundraisers and food drives to help Feed Our Vets accomplish its mission to see that no veteran goes hungry.
“We want New Yorkers to know that even their smallest efforts to help can make a very big difference in the lives of veterans and their families.”
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.