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We are looking to help our veterans in Texas.  Feed Our Vets needs your donations!

We have been in touch with the Vet Centers in the Houston area, and they have identified the veterans who have been stricken by Hurricane Harvey and are in desperate need of food.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We are looking to raise funds to send grocery gift cards to our veterans so they can get the food they require.  We will be sending a $40 gift card to a single veteran and $75 gift card for a veteran family in critical need of food.  Please visit and make your donation today to help our veterans who are now finding themselves on yet another battlefield…the battlefield of Hurricane Harvey!

Our initial goal is $50,000 that will feed approximately 650 individuals/families that would just scratch the surface. There are approximately 356,195 veterans possibly affected according to the Veterans Administration.  Any gift amount will help us reach our goal.

Thank you!

FOV 1 Humvee Project Update

Here is an update on the Feed Our Vets Humvee or FOV 1 project. It will be showcased at the Saratoga Auto Museum September 22-23. Steve Hale from Steve’s Restoration will be there to show off his creativity. He will be signing posters and discussing the work that went into this project to help feed hungry veterans. From there, it will be making a trip to Las Vegas for SEMA and then onto Barrett-Jackson to be auctioned off.

CNY TV Interviews Rich Synek about Champions Contest

Help Your Local Food Pantry Win $10,000!

Feed Our Vets is a finalist in Today’s Options Champions Competition

CNY TV interviewed Feed Our Vets Founder and Executive Director Rich Synek this week about being nominated for the Today’s Options Champions Competition.

Click here to see the interview.

Click here to vote every day for Rich Synek to help Feed Our Vets win the $10,000 prize to help feed hungry veterans.

A local face is a finalist for the today’s options champions competition. The prize for the winner — ten thousand dollars.

“The first vet I fed in December of 2005, a World War II vet, with a 30, 35 pound box of food.,’ said Richard Synek, Founder & Executive Director of Feed our Vets.

Richard Synek founded feed our vets nearly 12 years ago. And he’s dedicated his life to it ever since. Synek is just one of five finalists in the today’s options champions competition.

“Today’s options felt that this was a way for us to honor those folks who are also caring and making the lives of seniors healthier and happier,” said Dan DeLucia, Vice President-Network & Provider Operations, Today’s Options.

And for Melissa Kehler, the choice to nominate Synek was easy.

“I read the criteria and i thought hands down, I’ve got to write in this nomination,” said Melissa Kehler, Chief Strategy Officer for Feed Our Vets.

If the pantry wins, the money can go toward new resources, expansion, and outreach efforts.

“We actually see 50 and above veterans each week. Now that’s not counting the children and the spouses under 18 that are eligible to come in,” Synek said.

The pantry has three locations and plans on expanding this year. But they need financial help.

“We need commercial freezers, commercial refrigerators so we can actually get more product donated,” Synek said.

“Part of our challenge is we have this great pantry, and it’s hard to either get the veterans here, or they won’t self identify so we have to go out and through word of mouth, reach them. ” Melissa Kehler said.

Synek says he hopes the pantry wins. But it’s not for himself, it’s for the vets in need.

“Number one it’s needed, number two we’re the only organization in the country doing this, and number three, just saying thank you to the veterans for doing this. here’s some, it’s not a handout it’s a hand up,” Synek said.

You can cast your vote online at:


The voting is taking place through August 22nd, and the winner will be announced at the New York State Fair on August 29th.

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$10,000 for Feeding Veterans: Vote Today

$10,000 for Feeding Veterans: Vote Today

Vote Every Day for FOV Founder Rich Synek Through 8/22

Please vote every day for Feed Our Vets Founder Rich Synek to help us win $10,000 from Today’s Options Champion to help feed hungry Veterans! 

You can vote once a day on your computer and once on your smart phone and tablet. Voting continues through August 22nd.
100% of the prize will go to help feed hungry Veteran families through Feed Our Vets pantries and other feeding programs.  

$10,000 will provide 60,000 meals for hungry Veteran families.  

Vote for the Today’s Options®
Grand Champion!

The Today’s Options Champion with the most votes is named the Today’s Options Grand Champion and their charity of choice will receive a $10,000 donation from Today’s Options.

Voting Rules

The public may cast votes for their favorite Today’s Options Champion and their designated charity during the competition time period. The contest begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on July 27, 2017 and ends at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 22, 2017. Each voter has the opportunity to vote once per day for the Today’s Options Grand Champion.

Votes will be validated by automated third party controls and reviewed by Today’s Options officials. Vote totals and the winner are not valid until certified by Today’s Options. The Today’s Options Grand Champion will be announced at the New York State Fair on August 29, 2017.

Today’s Options® Champions was created to recognize the exceptional achievements of people in Central New York!

Today’s Options Champions recognizes those champions who have made a significant difference in the well-being of older adults and our local community.

A Today’s Options Champion is someone who is using his or her time and talent to make a difference in the lives of an aging population. The impact can include but is not limited to:

Improving the welfare of older adults
Creating solutions for relevant issues
Dedication to the enhancement of human health
Advancing the cause for social justice
Collaborating to make Central New York a better place
The competition is open to the general public residing in one of the following counties: Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, and Tompkins.

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Buy Feed Our Vets Water – Help Feed Hungry Vets

One case of water provides 24 meals for a Veteran family!

Oneida County residents, buy a case of Feed Our Vets water and help feed local Veterans.

Each case of is $12 and can be picked up at the Utica Feed Our Vets pantry (205 Genesee St.) on Wednesdays from 3-6pm, or by appointment on other days/times by calling 315-749-4056.

You can purchase the water on our donation page or in person at the pantry.

Make a $12 donation for a case of Feed Our Vets water on our donation page.


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