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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.

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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.

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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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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.

The Declutter Coach Helps Feed Our Vets Get Organized

Thank you to the Declutter Coach Deborah J. Cabral and her team for coming out to the Feed Our Vets Utica Pantry to help us organize! Check out our the 150th episode of Organization Motivation! featuring Feed Our Veterans! See Deb and Betsy declutter our mobile pantry, learn how Feed Our vets started, and so much more!


Turning personal tragedy into professional success!

Taking personal tragedy, a 2002 car accident which left her with significant injuries, and turning it into professional success, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity & Efficiency Consultant and Trainer Deborah J. Cabral, CPO® launched her company, The DeClutter Coach, in 2010.

The Company

Growing demand has led to the rapid expansion of the business to include DC Efficiency Consulting, the corporate training and consulting division, Organization Motivation!, Deb’s 30 minute national television show and Organized in 60 Seconds, nationally syndicated news/lifestyle segments – all are subsidiary companies under Cabral Enterprises, LLC., a NY State (WBE) & NY City (WBE), National (WBENC) and Federal (WOSB & DBE) Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise.

Heidelberg Bread and CABVI Collaborate with Feed Our Vets to Feed Veterans

Heidelberg Bread and Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) are collaborating with Feed our Vets to feed hungry Veterans. Heidelberg Bread bakes and donates fresh bread weekly to Feed Our Vets.

Heidelberg contacted Feed Our Vets about placing stickers on all their bags of bread that say, “Heidelberg proudly supports Feed Our Vets.”

In addition to Heidelberg, CABVI is also a supporter of Feed Our Vets, and it made perfect sense to loop them in on this project. CABVI will be placing stickers on all bags of Heidelberg Bread. It’s always great when local organizations can lock arms in making a difference for the very people who have stepped up to support and defend our freedom.

Feed Our Vets held public interest event on Wednesday, June 7 at Feed Our Vets, 205 Genesee Street, Utica.

“It’s always a wonderful thing when local organizations can collaborate together for our veterans.” ~ Richard Synek, Founder and Executive Director


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