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A Thank You to Our Veterans from Fincastle, VA

Feed Our Vets received an envelope from Fincastle Baptist Church, Preschool Ministries in Fincastle, VA this week. Inside were cards these cards with the message:

“The preschoolers at Fincastle Baptist Church made these cards to honor our veterans. We wanted to thank you for the service you did for our country. Thank you for your sacrifice in keeping our country free.”

Thank you to all the students who made these wonderful cards of appreciation.

Grand New Flag to donate 5% of profits to Feed Our Vets in 2015

Philip Kauppinen~Owner of Grand New Flag

Every year, Grand New Flag, a retail flag business based out of Watertown, NY, donates 5% of its profits every year to a non-profit organization that helps U.S. Military Veterans. This year, Grand New Flag’s owner, Philip Kauppinen, has chosen Feed Our Vets as his charity.

Grand New Flag was founded to honor the memory of Philip’s father, Arnold J. Kauppinen, who served two combat tours in Vietnam (1966-68), in the Army’s 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

Philip Kauppinen honors his father’s service by donating part of his business’s annual profits to a Veteran cause, and by offering flags at a discount for Veterans and active duty military, as a thank you for their service and sacrifice. Past Grand New Flag charity recipients have been Warrior Legacy Foundation’s Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Boulder Crest Retreat for Military, and Veteran Wellness.

In August of 2008, Philip’s father passed away, leaving a void in his life.

“He instilled in me a great appreciation and respect for those that have served our country and after he passed on I searched for ways to give back to Veterans”, said Philip.

In the summer of 2011, Philip bought an American Flag for his home and was inspired to start Grand New Flag. As he sat working on the business plan, it struck him that the business would be his vehicle to give thanks and give back to those who have and are currently serving our country.

Grand New Flag opened for business on Flag Day of 2012. Philip, his wife Sarah, and the Grand New Flag business recently moved from Maine to Watertown. The business provides American Flags, U.S. Military branch flags, flag memorial cases, custom advertising banners and flagpoles all 100% Made in America.

“After reading the story that inspired the founding of Feed Our Vets I felt strongly they should be the next recipient of my 5% for Vets Fund. Upon meeting with Tonia Russell and Steve Amaral their passion for feeding our Vets who are in desperate need blew me away. Their mission to end hunger among our Veterans and their family members locally and nationally is a tremendous undertaking. One of which I am honored to lend a helping hand to.”

Feed Our Vets thanks Philip Kauppinen and Grand New Flag for their support.

Feed Our Vets featured in Mason Magazine


Feed Our Vets and a food drive organized by a Mason program was featured in the Spring 2015 edition of The Empire State Mason Magazine.

“In the fall of 2014, Community Life Leader Laura Joseph, with the help of the community life team and Nurse Practitioner Val Yager, came up with an idea to support area veterans by conducting a food drive to benefit the Feed Our Vets pantry in downtown Utica. The idea was to have staff, residents and their families as well as the community bring in non perishable food and household items on Veterans Day. Director of Buildings and Grounds Brother Bob Buder, set Laura up with a large resident bus, the local NBC affiliate WKTV signed on to promote the effort, and the event was publicized throughout the campus.”

Thank you to the Masons, Laura Joseph, Val Yager, and everyone who made the event such a success.


FOV Watertown Pantry Recognizes its Volunteers

The Feed Our Vets Watertown Pantry held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner on in January at Momma’s Kitchen in Watertown, NY.   Watertown Pantry Director awarded the volunteers with certificates of appreciation and they were treated to dinner.

The Watertown Pantry is run almost entirely by volunteers, who hold monthly food distributions to veteran and active duty military families around the Watertown area.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made our work in 2014 possible!

Feed Our Vets Utica Pantry Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

The Feed Our Vets Utica Pantry held its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on January 24 at Route 69 Steakhouse in Whitesboro, NY.   Volunteers were awarded with certificates of appreciation and lunch.

Feed Our Vets pantries are run almost entirely by volunteers.  We couldn’t continue to feed hungry Veterans and their families without the support of our corps of volunteer workers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made our work in 2014 possible!

Here are some pictures from the luncheon:


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