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67 Year Old Navy Veteran Will Bike Across America for Hungry Veterans

Michael Beattie

Michael Beattie, a soon-to-be 67-year-old Navy Veteran plans to bike across America to raise awareness and support for hungry Veterans.

Michael served in the Navy from 1967 to 1971.  He is from Storrs, Connecticut, and recently sold his home so he could use the proceeds to fund a 12,000 mile bicycle trip around the US to help raise money and awareness of the hungry Veteran problem we face in this country.

This past year, after his retirement from his locksmith and  security business, Michael had the opportunity to travel around the US in a camper, and it was then that he was exposed to hungry America Veterans. He stopped at a McDonalds for a cup of coffee one day  in New Mexico.

There was a man holding a sign that read, “I’m a homeless Veteran. I want a job but no one will hire me. I am also hungry.”

Michael ordered a couple burgers, went outside, talked to the man and gave him the food. The man was moved to tears, and hugged Michael. It was then that Michael knew he had to do something about Veteran hunger.  He witnessed so many Veterans with signs begging for food  and living on the street in every State he traveled through. That’s when he started thinking what crazy kind of thing could he do to get enough attention that maybe people would donate money to help. Lots of people ride across the country to raise money, but he never heard of anyone (especially at 67) that has ridden completely around the country.

Michael estimates that the trip will take 5 months of 80-100 miles a day of riding on a bicycle, if all goes well.

He says, “This will be a great challenge for me as I have had three spinal surgeries, including steel rods and screws holding my lower back  together. I have had many major surgeries in the past eight years, and am kind of rebuilt: shoulders,arms, wrists back, neck and much more. But I am very committed to doing this and have been working on the details for over a year. One of the things I can still do physically is ride a bike, so let the games begin!   As I am self funding my trip and 100% of the money I raise will go to buy food through the Feed Our Vets organization.”

Michael plans on starting out on his journey this Spring.  We’ll keep you posted.

Donate now to support Michael Beattie’s Ride Across America for Veteran Hunger.


New Feed Our Vets Business Sponsors in Utica

Feed Our Vets Utica is proud to announce two new business sponsors for our work feeding hungry Veteran families.

Express Employment Professionals

“The Oneida and Madison County Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in August of 2013 and services the Mohawk Valley and serves over 100 business clients across multiple industries. Express Employment Professionals of the Mohawk Valley currently has over 300 associates working in different businesses across Oneida, Madison and Herkimer Counties. Express offers a full range of employment solutions including evaluation hire, temporary/flexible staffing, professional recruitment and a variety of human resource services. Express is committed to the vision of helping as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many business clients as possible find good people.”

Express Employment Professionals – Mohawk Valley, NY

118 Columbia Street, Suite 103
The Landmarc Building
Utica, NY 13502

p: 315-790-5723
f: 315-790-5618


Trailer Marketing Services

“The TMS name has been around for over 15 years and is owned and operated by the Moyer Family. Built and developed by Brent Moyer, Trailer Marketing Services, Inc. quickly became a staple in enclosed and custom trailer sales in the Central New York area, carrying seven different trailer lines. After much success, in 1995, Brent became the Regional Sales Representative for Bri-mar and soon established Trailer Marketing Services, Inc. as the largest regional sales office for Bri-mar Trailers in the Northeastern US.

Brent’s youngest son, Jeff Moyer, joined the family business in 2010. Jeff’s wife, Molly, came on board a year later.

Sadly, in 2012, the patriarch of the family team and President of Trailer Marketing Services, Inc., Brent Moyer, was diagnosed with cancer. A little less than a year later, Brent passed away, leaving the business to his family.

Currently, Trailer Marketing Services, Inc. continues to remain the largest regional sales office for BWise & Bri-mar trailers in the Northeastern United States with Jeff filling his father’s shoes. Jeff has worked very hard to expand his BWise & Bri-mar dealer network throughout the Northeast and also grow Trailer Marketing Services into a Distribution Center for BWise and Bri-mar trailers. The retail side of Trailer Marketing Services has also been going strong, now carrying 4 lines of cargo and utility trailers, with all sales and operations primarily managed by Jeff and his wife, Molly. Sean Crolick joined the team in 2014 as the head trailer technician, managing all trailer preps and minor repairs.

Together, with their own passion and vision for the future of Trailer Marketing Services, the team strives to continue the legacy that Jeff’s father, Brent, worked so hard to build.”

Trailer Marketing Services Inc.
4560 State Route 233

Clinton, NY. 13323

Get Directions

(800) 277-4942

Harold Connor January 29, 1937 – December 1, 2015

Harold Connor

One of our Veterans, Mr. Harold D. Connor, 78, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Conway Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers Mr. Connor’s family is asking that donations be made in his name to Feed Our Vets.

To donate click here, or mail the contribution to Feed Our Vets, P. O. Box 1, New York Mills, NY 13417. 

Born January 29, 1937 in Rutherford, NC Mr. Connor was the son of the late Thomas H. Connor and the late Maggie Allen Connor. He retired from the United States Navy with 26 years of service. Additionally, Mr. Connor was an NJROTC instructor at Conway High School and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. Mr. Connor was a member of Juniper Bay Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Connor was predeceased by his brother, Donald Ray Connor and his sister, Mildred Jones.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Jones Connor; his children, Crystal Kimball, Gina Watkins, Harold D. “Corky” (Cheri) Connor, Jr., and Marty (Deidra) Connor; his grandchildren, Aarron (Diane) Sanders, Archie (Maggie) Sanders, Alex Sanders, Daniel (Jessica) Sanders, Nicholas Watkins, Dean (Katie) Connor, Whitney (David) Dunn, and Ashley Connor; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 4, 2015 at Juniper Bay Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. James Way and Rev. Dean Connor. Burial with military honors will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Feed Our Vets, P. O. Box 1, New York Mills, NY 13417.

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It’s Giving Tuesday! – Feed Hungry Veterans today

Be a Part of Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.

Help Feed Hungry Veterans Today for #GIVINGTUESDAY

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 three million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. We provide food for Veteran families.

Feed Our Vets feeds hungry Veterans and their families through Feed Our Vets Food Pantries.

We need your support because our nation’s military Veterans have served and sacrificed for our freedom. Many are returning from war to a weak economy, and struggling with injuries, both physical and mental. Too many Veterans are ending up jobless and homeless. Too many are going hungry. We believe it is our duty to give back to these men and women who have given so much for our country.

Celebrate #GIVINGTUESDAY by making a donation to help feed hungry Veterans and their families today.

Hungry Veterans on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Feed Our Vets

Thanksgiving is Thursday. It’s a time when most of us will enjoy a turkey feast with our family and friends, a celebration of all the things for which we’re thankful. But many Veterans and Veteran families will go hungry on Thursday. Hungry Veterans on Thanksgiving is not what America is about.  And yet it’s happening.

Please make a donation today to help feed hungry Veterans and their families during this season of giving.

And many Veteran families this Thanksgiving are struggling, not just to put Thanksgiving dinner on the table, but to eat all month.

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 three million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month.

Little girl of veteran family shopping at Feed Veterans Food Pantry

These are sobering numbers. Behind the numbers are former Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, along with their spouses and children who don’t have enough to eat.

Please make a donation today to help feed hungry Veterans and their families during this season of giving.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Rich Synek
Founder & Executive Director

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