UTICA, NY— Feed Our Vets is expanding.
“For me and for everyone that comes in here and uses the pantry, it’s a godsend. It is just a godsend,” said Timothy Forte.
Timothy Forte is a veteran who served in the Marine Corp and the Navy. He works in the construction business and while he is laid off during the winter months, the organization Feed Our Vets helps him get by.
“I think the biggest thing for a lot of us; what we need is food and whatever they have like toilet paper, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Those little things help us tremendously when you’re in need of it,” said Forte.
Richard Syneck is the founder of Feed Our Vets and is a Veteran himself.
“When I started doing this 12 years ago, a hungry veteran came into my post office when I was a post master, and could only afford one stamp. So technically Feed Our Vets started with one stamp,” said Syneck. “We fed him and it just grew from there.”
And now Feed Our Vets is expanding.
“We obviously have the pantry here in Utica. We have a full pantry up in Watertown that is self-sufficient. We also have a mobile pantry that we take to Syracuse monthly, and we just opened another pantry this past Saturday in Cabot, Arkansas— just north of Little Rock. And by the end of the year we will have a pantry in Dallas, Texas and we are working one in north west Arkansas, and southern New jersey. So hopefully by the end of the year, we will have 3 more pantries open,” said Syneck.
Syneck said Feed Our Vets is a non-profit organization that has helped over 2,000 veterans and their families. He says the organization goes through 300,000 pounds of food a year. All of the food is donated. Syneck said he is happy to help fellow veterans in need.
“This is more rewarding than anything,” said Syneck. “And when a vet leaves here with a week’s worth of free food and they say thank you and hug you, it’s priceless.”
For information on how you can donate to Feed Our Vets, you can visit the website at www. feedourvets.org and as the Feed Our Vets Facebook page.