Recent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts are impacting our nation’s hungry veterans. In this moving video by whogoeshungry.org from the Food Action and Research Center, Feed Our Vets and Founder Rich Synek are featured on the topic of how federal SNAP cuts are effecting many of our nation’s hungry veterans and their families.
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Feed Our Vets (www.feedourvets.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger among American veterans, reports that a post-holiday decline in food and financial donations is hampering the organization’s ability to feed all the soldiers and their families requesting help, including active duty military members stationed at Fort Drum.
“We are urging individuals and companies to make Feed Our Vets and other hunger organizations a priority in 2014 as we continue to see increasing numbers of servicemen and women, both retired and active duty, who struggle to put food on their family table,” said Richard Synek, founder and Executive Director of Feed Our Vets. The organization depends on financial support to supply nutritional meals to veterans and family members each month.
As many as one in three homeless people in America are veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. About 20% of the military members who get help from the Feed our Vets food pantry in Watertown are soldiers and spouses stationed at Fort Drum, home to 19,605 military and 19,810 family members.
Feed Our Vets operates a second food pantry in Utica, and a mobile food pantry to help veterans in underserved regions of upstate New York. Synek pointed to the small New York communities as an example of how easily Americans can make a difference in veterans’ lives. Groups like scouts, sports teams, schools and even motorcycle clubs hold fundraisers and food drives to help Feed Our Vets accomplish its mission to see that no veteran goes hungry.
“Even the smallest efforts to help can make a very big difference in the lives of veterans and their families,” Synek said. Businesses can also get involved by challenging employees to donate to the organization. For more information on how you can help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunger issues among active duty military were at the top of the agenda last year, and will be again in 2014, for Feed Our Vets (www.feedourvets.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger for American veterans and their families.
Residents across New York rallied throughout 2013 to help the organization provide food to homeless and unemployed veterans and enlisted military families. But with food stamp cuts to nearly 1 million veterans, and the continued housing and employment struggles of soldiers returning from the Middle East, Feed Our Vets doesn’t foresee any slowdown in the requests for help.
“There are scores of veterans who simply do not have adequate resources to feed themselves and their children,” said Richard Synek, founder and executive director of Feed Our Vets. “The recent long-term cuts to unemployment benefits are another factor that will make it even harder for these soldiers to get on their feet. The needs are great.”
New Yorkers raised money throughout last year to stock Feed Our Vets’ Utica and Watertown food pantries and its mobile food truck that serves veterans in rural communities. Everyone from Boy Scouts to motorcycle enthusiasts – and even a little girl who gave up her birthday presents in exchange for food donations – helped feed veterans last year.
“Our communities are fantastic at supporting us in our effort to take care of our soldiers,” said Synek. “They recognize that our veterans are heroes who deserve the dignity of providing for their families.”
There are an estimated 60,000 homeless veterans in America on any given night, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, homelessness is increasing among young veterans who served in Iran and Afghanistan, and many enlisted families earn less than $25,000 a year, making it difficult to adequately provide for their families.
Thank you to the staff and students at BOCE for supporting the Skills USA food drive. The group donated over two tons of canned and boxed items to the Feed Our Vets organizations. Class winners with the largest donations include Mr. Hoffmeister’s Culinary Arts II class with 236 donations and Ms. Gambacorta’s Early Childhood Education I class with 245 donations. A special mention goes out to Ms. Poniketera’s class with 137 donations and Ms. Keefer’s class with 111 donations. Thank you Ms. Bonsted’s Multi-Occupations students for helping with the sorting and boxing of the goods. The donations will make the holidays better for many Utica area vets and their families.
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES is part of a state-wide system of Board of Cooperative Educational Services and was one of the first four established by the New York State Legislature in 1948 under section 1950 of the NYS Education Law. There are currently 37 BOCES in New York state. BOCES functions as a link between local schools and the State Education Department. Through cooperative efforts of component school districts, BOCES offers a wide variety of educational and support services to public education agencies throughout the state.
BOCES serves its component districts by offering a variety of educationally focused programs, services, and support systems including career and technical education, special and alternative education, administrative and financial services, human resources, program and professional development, information and technology support, and shared itinerant staff.
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