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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.

Feed Our Vets – Chipotle New Hartford Fundraiser Feb. 2


Chipotle Fundraiser Feed Our Vets Feb 2 2017

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Feed Our Vets. Come in to the Chipotle at 4815 Commercial Drive in New Hartford

Thursday, February 2nd between 4:00pm and 9:00pm

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Feed Our Vets.


Stony Creek Beer Fundraiser for Feed Our Vets

Stony Creek Beer donated $1,181 from their Kick The Keg to Feed Hungry Veterans Event today. Owner David Wollner collected money during his special brew campaign during November, and presented a check to Michael Beattie on Friday Dec 2nd. The money will help fund the Feed our Vets food pantry in Utica New York.

Keep the Stony Creek Beer fundraiser going by donating today.

And when you’re in Connecticut, visit Stony Creek Beer, tell them thanks, and try one of their delicious craft brews!

Stony Creek Beer
5 Indian Neck Ave
Branford, Connecticut

Also, like them on Facebook!

“We at Stony Creek Brewery are a small, experienced team with big ambitions and an all-in commitment to Connecticut craft beer.We make progressive craft beers that are both familiar and surprising, and always exceed expectations. Located on the banks of the Branford River, in shoreline Branford, CT, we feature a full lineup of aggressively laid back beers, all available in our beautiful waterfront tasting room and in establishments throughout Connecticut.”



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