Feed Our Vets Strives to Feed More Veterans as Hunger Increases Among Enlisted Families and Homelessness Rises Among Young Soldiers

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Hunger and homelessness issues among active duty military are again at the top of the 2014 agenda for Feed Our Vets, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger for American veterans and their families.

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“Even the smallest efforts to help can make a very big difference in the lives of veterans and their families,” Synek said.

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 to help our veterans.

“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.

About Feed Our Vets: Feed Our Vets is a nonprofit food pantry created to provide nutritious food to United States veterans whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger. The organization stocks food pantries across the country to feed the more than 130,000 veterans who are homeless or hungry on any given night in America. Feed Our Vets serves not only veterans, but also men and women still enlisted in the military, along with their families. For more information, visit http://www.feedourvets.org.

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