From WWNYTV – 7 New Fox 28
On the third Saturday of every month, veterans like Robert Murphy are grateful.
“I have a lot of children,” Murphy said. “I have nine children, so the food really helps.”
For the past five years, the Utica-based Feed Our Vets food pantry has been coming to the Watertown Veterans Center on Court Street to provide veterans with a week’s worth of groceries.
Dave Robinson says it helps him get by.
“It’s better than just sitting home and doing nothing,” he said, “sitting home and trying to figure out how you’re going to get this, how to get that. I’ve been coming here ever since they brought the first truck in here.”
Mark Smith, vice president of Feed Our Vets, said he’s “very honored to know that I’m helping out these men and women that have already served our country.”
While food pantry volunteers were filling bags of groceries, Jefferson Community College Veterans Club members were on the grill making sure each vet had lunch to eat on the spot. They also come every third Saturday.
“So what food they get from this pantry, they don’t have to go home and make food from food they just got,” said Cory O’Connor, president of the JCC club. said.
Volunteers say giving back just feels good and they want vets to know that if they need assistance, there are people out here to help them.
“We are out here to take care of our veterans,” Smith said, “our men and women that have served our country.”
That makes the volunteers, many whom are vets themselves, feel great.
On Aug 2 the Florence Mae 5k run in Oriskany will be supporting Feed Our Vets by collecting food for admission to the run. Please bring canned goods to support Feed Our Vets.
To register for the race visit the Oriskany Museum website.
The race will start at 9:00am at Trinkaus Park, 420 Utica Street, Oriskany NY
Medals for winners in the following age groups, male and female:
9 and under
70 and up
Pins to all 60+ runners
For more information, contact Karl Humphrey at 315-269-9341 or Khumphrey63@gmail.com
Actor Dan Lauria has long supported Feed Our Vet and it’s mission to feed hungry and homeless Veterans. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, FOV Founder and Executive Director attended a taping of Mr. Lauria’s TBS comedy, Sullivan & Son, and gave him some Feed Our Vets t-shirts. Mr. Lauria made good use of the shirts and one of them was chosen by the show’s Costume and Wardrobe Department as the outfit for one of the background characters in June 24th’s Season 3, Episode 2 (Everybody Loved Frank). The shirt was readable in number of scenes, most clearly near the end of the show, during the last scene and closing credits.
“”Feed Our Vets raises awareness about Veteran hunger one person at a time, and raises funds one dollar at time. This kind of national exposure is very important,” said Rich Synek. ”We’re very grateful to Dan and everyone on Sullivan & Son who helped make our name and mission visible to the shows’ millions of viewers. ”
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