Most food pantry programs rely on “shelf stable” canned and boxed foods for their food distributions for people in need. These foods don’t require refrigeration, keep for long periods and are easier for the community to donate during food drives.
And when Feed Our Vets started, “shelf-stable” food was exclusively what our pantries distributed to Veteran families in need.
But for Feed Our Vets Executive Director, Rich Synek, this wasn’t enough. He felt that veteran families deserved the good nutrition that comes from fresh foods. So he established the “Fresh Vets” programs.
By reaching out to local grocers, dairies and farmers, and by acquiring new cold storage units, “Fresh Vets” was born, and now fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs and milk are available to the Veteran families we serve every week.