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May 6 Onondaga County Document Shredding Event Supports Feed Our Vets

Destroy Confidential Documents at May 6 Shredding Event
Residents able to protect their identity and recycle shredded materials for free

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Apr. 24, 2017 – Onondaga County households are invited to collect their confidential documents and bring them to OCRRA’s May 6 paper shredding event for secure destruction. The event happens from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 6 at NBT Bank Stadium
(1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse).

Confidata, a division of Empire Recycling Corporation, and Shred Solvers are collaborating with OCRRA to help residents prevent identity theft and ensure that their shredded paper is recycled. Both Confidata and Shred Solvers are local document shredding companies with mobile shredding vehicles.

This event will also include an element of giving back to veterans in our local community struggling with hunger. As they approach the shredding area, attendees are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to Feed our Vets, a nonprofit organization that helps veteran families whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger. Monetary or non-perishable food donations are welcome. Visit  for a list preferred items.

“More than 130,000 veterans are homeless and hungry on any given night in America,” said Rick Synek, executive director and founder of Feed our Vets. “Food or monetary donations Shred-o-Rama attendees bring in go direct to stocking our mobile food pantry that feeds veterans in the Syracuse area.”

Personal records from a household such as medical documents, bank information, tax documents and other items containing account numbers or private details are ideal for drop off. Attendees do not need a reservation and there is no charge, thanks to Confidata and Shred Solvers’ generous donation of their time and talent.


Participants should do the following:

  1. Bring no more than five boxes of documents generated or received at home, per vehicle. Only materials generated at home will be accepted. Materials from businesses are not accepted at the event.*
  2. Enter the stadium parking lot from the Grant Boulevard / Hiawatha Boulevard intersection.
  3. Pack confidential documents, loosely, in durable boxes, containers or paper bags. (Avoid bringing items in plastic bags as they slow down the shredding process.) Remove binders or other non-paper contaminants.
  4. Stay in their vehicle.

There is no need for participants to exit their vehicles as the event is full service; staff unloads all vehicles. From entrance to exit, wait times average between five and ten minutes.


“Reduce your confidential papers by requesting digital statements whenever possible,” said Theresa Evans, OCRRA recycling specialist. “But for those confidential hard copy items still on hand, come to OCRRA’s Shred-o-Rama. Once shredded, your documents will be safely and securely recycled into new paper products like napkins, paper towels and toilet paper.”


Since OCRRA started hosting shredding events in 2004, more than 1 million pounds of personal papers have been safely shredded and recycled.


Onondaga County Parks and the Syracuse Chief’s Management made this year’s events convenient by allowing OCRRA the use of the stadium’s spacious parking lot.


*Workplaces in need of shredding services should visit or contact a shredding service.




About OCRRA:

OCRRA is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature in 1990 to deliver a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery system to Onondaga County residents.

OCRRA’s system includes: a strong recycling and composting program, a foundation for local waste disposal at the Waste-to-Energy Facility, two convenient trash and recycling drop off sites, a robust education component and programs for hard to manage materials, such as household hazardous waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing devices.


OCRRA’s award-winning programs are funded by trash drop-off fees and the sale of electricity generated at the Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville, NY. Learn more and get involved at, or follow us on Facebook.

Kristen Lawton,
Public Information Officer, OCRRA


Melissa Kehler,
Chief Strategy Officer, Feed Our Vets


About Feed Our Vets:

Feed Our Vets is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger.

We do this through:

- Community food pantries that provide regular, free food distributions to veterans and their families

- Distribution of related goods and services.

- Public education and outreach

More than 130,000 Veterans are homeless and hungry on any given night in America. One in three homeless people in America is a U.S. Military Veteran. And nearly four million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat during the year. We provide food for veterans throughout the US.

Rooibee Red Tea Donates to Feed Our Vets

Feed Our Vets received a donation of over 19,000 bottles of Rooibee Red Tea today for our Veteran Food pantries! We are always looking for ways to supplement the nutritious food we provide to the Veteran families we serve. These drinks will support our Vets caloric intake and are caffeine free, and full of antioxidants and vitamin C, to support their health and wellness. They are sure to be a popular item in our pantries where Vets choose the food they need for the month. Thank you Rooibee Red Tea!


Feed Our Vets Opens New Veteran Food Pantry in Cabot AR

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Feed Our Vets (FOV) newV eteran Food Pantry in Cabot AR held its first food distribution to military Veterans and active duty military. The new pantry is located at 2535 S. Rockwood Drive, Cabot, AR, 72023, in Hope’s Closet and Pantry, and will be open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

The new Cabot Feed Our Vets food pantry will distribute free food on the third Saturday of each month. The pantry will be open to all Veterans and active duty military in need. New pantry clients need to provide proof of military service with Discharge Papers and Veterans Separation Documents (DD-214), a Veterans Organization Card, U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, Citation, Commendation or military ID and a photo ID.

The Feed Our Vets Cabot Pantry will hold its Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 15, 2017.




Feed Our Vets is able to open this new pantry with the support of volunteer Pantry Director, Deyonka Hickey, the sponsorship of Brinker International and its Chili’s Restaurants, and Hope’s Closet and Pantry.

Brinker/Chili’s is sponsoring the Cabot Feed Our Vets pantry and Chili’s Restaurant employees will be volunteering at the pantry’s food distributions.

Deyonka Hickey, a Cabot resident, an Air Force Veteran and an employee of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System contacted Feed Our Vets in August 2016 about opening a Veteran food pantry in Cabot. Since then she has worked on a volunteer basis with Feed Our Vets on finding a location for the pantry, setting up the pantry space, applying to the Little Rock Food Bank, collecting food donations, and recruiting volunteers. Her efforts were supported by Cabot residents Joyce Short and Michelle Charleston.

Hope’s Closet and Pantry has donated the space for the new pantry free of charge. The two separate organizations are sharing the location.

Brinker International and Chili’s Restaurants has sponsored Feed Our Vets with a generous sponsorship to support buying food for Feed Our Vets pantries and supporting the opening of the new Cabot pantry and a future pantry in Dallas, where Brinker International has its headquarters.

“We’re very excited to begin assisting Veteran and active duty families in Arkansas,” said Feed Our Vet Founder and Executive Director Rich Synek. “Some people ask us ‘Why a food pantry for only Veterans? No one in America should go hungry, and there are food pantry programs in almost every community.’ The answer is that Veterans who have served their country deserve and added layer of dignity. When they need help, they should have a place where supporters recognize and honor their service. For former service members who trained to be self-reliant, admitting they need help and asking for it can be especially difficult. Our experience is that some Veterans in need who wouldn’t go to a regular food pantry will get food from a Feed Our Vets pantry.”

Feed Our Vets Video Blog – Why We Do What We Do

Feed Our Vets Founder & Executive Director Rich Synek talks about why we do what we do and why our food pantries for Veterans are so important.


Feed Our Vets Video Blog – How Feed Our Vets Got Started

Feed Our Vets Video Blog – Founder & Executive Director Rich Synek describes how Feed Our Vets got started.


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