UTICA (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Veterans represent around 7 percent of the US population. According to Census Bureau, the demographic profile of veterans is expected to change in the next quarter century. By 2046, the department estimates there will be around 12.5 million veterans, a decrease of about 35% from current numbers.

Amid the aging population, unfortunately, a lot of veterans are feeling left out and underserved. The number of homeless veterans has been rising over the years and on any given night, around 60,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets.

Helping out the veteran community is vital for our society now.

For this year’s Veteran Day, staff and volunteers from the Utica Center for Development hosted a donation event in front of the Labatt Blue Entrance to the Adirondack Bank Center. People pulled up in their vehicles and had the staff unload their donations. The UCD accepted food and hygiene items, both useable and non-useable clothing and footwear, scrap metal, bottles and cans, old Christmas lights, and unwanted textiles such as linens, bath towels, blankets, drapes, and the like. 

Nothing goes to waste, when items cannot be used, they are recycled, and the funds raised help support local veteran programs. 

Among people who donated, we see local organizations like The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Utica, and individuals who live in the Utica area.

Make sure to check out recent food donation events to contribute to our community.

To find a regional food bank near you or to make a donation, please visit the website: feedingnys.org.