Feed Our Vets has been named as a charity beneficiary of the 2014 Canstruction event, held April 25-27 at the Sangertown Square Mall, New Hartford, New York. Awards will be on Sunday, April 27 (2 pm).
Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food is donated to local food banks and food pantries where the competitions are held.
In 2013 Feed Our Vets received 4,250 pounds of donated food for hungry Veterans and their families from Canstruction Utica.
Feed Our Vets operates food pantries and a mobile food truck in upstate New York, providing meals to homeless, unemployed and underemployed veterans and active duty military members who are struggling to feed themselves and their children. The nonprofit organization also works with agencies nationwide to address the issues of hunger among veterans.
Feed Our Vets receives $20,000 a year from The Veterans Site. The online store is a division of Greater Good, a charitable marketplace where retail purchases help improve the health and well being of people, pets and the planet. Since 2006, Greater Good has given over $30 million to charity partners and programs worldwide that work toward its mission.
The Veterans Site sells patriotic gifts, clothing, jewelry and home accessories. Every purchase funds meals for homeless and hungry veterans. Last year, shoppers on The Veterans Site helped fund an estimated 95,000 meals provided to veterans through several organizations, including Feed Our Vets.
“Our partnership with The Veterans Site is invaluable, helping us feed hundreds of veterans and their wives and children throughout the year,” said Richard Synek, founder and executive director of Feed Our Vets. “The site reaches a worldwide audience with its online marketplace, enabling us to call attention to the hunger needs among veterans and active duty military far beyond the reaches of our food pantries in New York.”
Shoppers not only provide funds for veterans’ meals with every purchase, they also can learn more about Feed Our Vets, or donate directly, by clicking the organization’s logo on The Veterans Site home page.
About Feed Our Vets: Feed Our Vets is a nonprofit organization created to provide nutritious food to United States veterans whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger. The organization operates food pantries in Utica and Watertown, and a mobile pantry that delivers food to underserved veterans in upstate New York. Feed Our Vets also provides education and outreach nationwide to call attention to the needs of struggling veterans. Food Our Vets serves not only veterans, but also men and women still enlisted in the military, along with their families. For more information, visit http://www.feedourvets.org.
Utica, NY (PRWEB) March 20, 2014
Residents across New York rallied throughout 2013 to help the organization provide food to homeless and unemployed veterans and enlisted military families. But with food stamp cuts to nearly 1 million veterans, and the continued housing and employment struggles of soldiers returning from the Middle East,Feed Our Vets doesn’t foresee any slowdown in the requests to help our veterans.
“There are scores of veterans who simply do not have adequate resources to feed themselves and their children,” said Richard Synek, founder and executive director of Feed Our Vets. “The recent long-term cuts to unemployment benefits are another factor that will make it even harder for these soldiers to get on their feet. The needs are great.”
New Yorkers raised money throughout last year to stock Feed Our Vets’ Utica and Watertown food pantries and its mobile food truck that serves veterans in rural communities. Everyone from Boy Scouts to motorcycle enthusiasts – and even a little girl who gave up her birthday presents in exchange for food donations – helped feed veterans last year.
“Our communities are fantastic at supporting us in our effort to take care of our soldiers,” said Synek. “They recognize that our veterans are heroes who deserve the dignity of providing for their families.”
There are an estimated 60,000 homeless veterans in America on any given night, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, homelessness is increasing among young veterans who served in Iran and Afghanistan, and many enlisted families earn less than $25,000 a year, making it difficult to adequately provide for 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 http://www.feedourvets.org.
Recent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts are impacting our nation’s hungry veterans. In this moving video by whogoeshungry.org from the Food Action and Research Center, Feed Our Vets and Founder Rich Synek are featured on the topic of how federal SNAP cuts are effecting many of our nation’s hungry veterans and their families.
To learn more about how you or your business can become a supporter of Feed Our Vets, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.