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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

A Thank You from a Vet in Kansas

Here is a thank you card Feed Our Vets Founder & Executive Director Rich Synek received from a Kansas Veteran we helped!

Tracy served in the US Army Reserves, and separated as a Staff Sargent E-6.  She served in Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  She was awarded the National Defense Service Medal among other citations.

When she found us Tracy was going hungry waiting for service connect benefits. She was in crisis in a big way. She had to give away her dog because she couldn’t feed it anymore. She only gets $16 in food stamps per month.

Thank you for your service, Tracy!


Help Feed Veterans in Honor of Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a day when we Americans honor and remember those men and women who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. 

I am writing to you ~ a strong and caring American this Memorial Day to thank you for your past support and ask that you continue to help us in our one goal ~ to feed Veterans.

Make a donation today
 and help feed the Veterans we serve.  

Every dollar you donate will provide six meals for hungry Veteran families.Your past support shows that you share with other caring Americans the duty to act and end Veteran hunger.Your support shows you believe that Veterans should not be on the street begging for food; They should not be standing in long lines at food banks; They should be honored, respected and nourished.

When Veterans walk through our pantries, we don’t ask about their incomes or personal lives.  We don’t need to. We feel and see that they are close to broken.

These men and women seek out our pantries with their children knowing that we are on site not to question them….but welcome them with open arms with a service that is our American duty ~ providing them with food and meals.

Feed Our Vets Pantry Volunteers
When they offered military service to protect you and I, they did not question their duty.  At Feed Our Vets, we do not question ours.  It is our duty to provide food to these American Veterans who gave their all for us ~for our Country ~ and have returned home without a job, and without income to purchase food for themselves and their families.They come to us, without speaking ~ yet we hear their hunger.
Hungry Veterans in America is not right.
When you donate today.  You are correcting what is wrong.

Thank you and Happy Memorial Day!

Rich Synek
Founder & Executive Director
Feed Our Vets

May 6 Onondaga County Document Shredding Event Supports Feed Our Vets

Destroy Confidential Documents at May 6 Shredding Event
Residents able to protect their identity and recycle shredded materials for free

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Apr. 24, 2017 – Onondaga County households are invited to collect their confidential documents and bring them to OCRRA’s May 6 paper shredding event for secure destruction. The event happens from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 6 at NBT Bank Stadium
(1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse).

Confidata, a division of Empire Recycling Corporation, and Shred Solvers are collaborating with OCRRA to help residents prevent identity theft and ensure that their shredded paper is recycled. Both Confidata and Shred Solvers are local document shredding companies with mobile shredding vehicles.

This event will also include an element of giving back to veterans in our local community struggling with hunger. As they approach the shredding area, attendees are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to Feed our Vets, a nonprofit organization that helps veteran families whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger. Monetary or non-perishable food donations are welcome. Visit  for a list preferred items.

“More than 130,000 veterans are homeless and hungry on any given night in America,” said Rick Synek, executive director and founder of Feed our Vets. “Food or monetary donations Shred-o-Rama attendees bring in go direct to stocking our mobile food pantry that feeds veterans in the Syracuse area.”

Personal records from a household such as medical documents, bank information, tax documents and other items containing account numbers or private details are ideal for drop off. Attendees do not need a reservation and there is no charge, thanks to Confidata and Shred Solvers’ generous donation of their time and talent.


Participants should do the following:

  1. Bring no more than five boxes of documents generated or received at home, per vehicle. Only materials generated at home will be accepted. Materials from businesses are not accepted at the event.*
  2. Enter the stadium parking lot from the Grant Boulevard / Hiawatha Boulevard intersection.
  3. Pack confidential documents, loosely, in durable boxes, containers or paper bags. (Avoid bringing items in plastic bags as they slow down the shredding process.) Remove binders or other non-paper contaminants.
  4. Stay in their vehicle.

There is no need for participants to exit their vehicles as the event is full service; staff unloads all vehicles. From entrance to exit, wait times average between five and ten minutes.


“Reduce your confidential papers by requesting digital statements whenever possible,” said Theresa Evans, OCRRA recycling specialist. “But for those confidential hard copy items still on hand, come to OCRRA’s Shred-o-Rama. Once shredded, your documents will be safely and securely recycled into new paper products like napkins, paper towels and toilet paper.”


Since OCRRA started hosting shredding events in 2004, more than 1 million pounds of personal papers have been safely shredded and recycled.


Onondaga County Parks and the Syracuse Chief’s Management made this year’s events convenient by allowing OCRRA the use of the stadium’s spacious parking lot.


*Workplaces in need of shredding services should visit or contact a shredding service.




About OCRRA:

OCRRA is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature in 1990 to deliver a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery system to Onondaga County residents.

OCRRA’s system includes: a strong recycling and composting program, a foundation for local waste disposal at the Waste-to-Energy Facility, two convenient trash and recycling drop off sites, a robust education component and programs for hard to manage materials, such as household hazardous waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing devices.


OCRRA’s award-winning programs are funded by trash drop-off fees and the sale of electricity generated at the Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville, NY. Learn more and get involved at, or follow us on Facebook.

Kristen Lawton,
Public Information Officer, OCRRA


Melissa Kehler,
Chief Strategy Officer, Feed Our Vets


About Feed Our Vets:

Feed Our Vets is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger.

We do this through:

- Community food pantries that provide regular, free food distributions to veterans and their families

- Distribution of related goods and services.

- Public education and outreach

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 four million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat during the year. We provide food for veterans throughout the US.


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