South Texas Food Bank hosts food drive for veterans

Veterans received additional food and assistance this week for those who visited the Laredo Veterans Affairs Clinic.

The South Texas Food Bank, alongside the clinic and other community volunteers, helped provide thousands of pounds of food to local veterans on Wednesday. The event was held with the aim of showing appreciation to all veterans in the area and with the aim of helping those in need, especially the elderly who may find it more difficult to get to the grocery store to purchase groceries.

The food drive took place at the VA Clinic located at 462 N. Bartlett Ave.


“The South Texas Food Bank, along with the Laredo Veterans Affairs Clinic, has organized a food distribution at the Laredo Veterans Affairs Clinic to benefit veterans in the area, said Angie Osterman, senior specialist. Marketing for the South Texas Food Bank. “Helping our local community of veterans is a way for us to show our appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country and for them to know that they are not forgotten – that the food bank is there for them. Plus, many of them live on fixed incomes, so food insecurity is an issue for many of them.”

According to Osterman, this is a very important problem, and it is one that the food bank wants to make sure it solves.

She said all the veterans who attended were very happy and grateful for the help. She also pointed out that veterans are always very humble, kind and grateful.

Osterman said each veteran received a good portion of the donated items.

“Today’s distribution helped 200 veterans,” Osterman said. “The products they received today included chicken, watermelon, cantaloupe, nectarines, tomatoes, potatoes, bread and lentils. We distributed a total of 10,000 pounds of food .”

Osterman said the community can continue to support food bank initiatives.

“You can support the South Texas Food Bank either by making a financial donation or by volunteering your time, such as volunteering,” Osterman said. “The food bank always needs funds for the acquisition of food, which includes the purchase of foodstuffs, transport and distribution costs. Inflation and high gas prices have had a negative impact on these costs, but we know that we will be able to continue to serve our community and our veterans with the support of generous donors and volunteers. »

Although the South Texas Food Bank will host other community events soon, Osterman said the next event targeting veterans won’t take place until November.

“This distribution is important – we distribute seasonal food items, including turkeys,” Osterman said. “Events like today are a great reminder of why we at the Food Bank must continue to work hard, so that we can continue to be there for our community – including our incredible veterans – when they need us most. We are truly grateful and humbled to be able to give back to our veterans. »

Nonetheless, she thanked the veteran community for their efforts at the event.

“Thank you to the staff at the Laredo Veterans Affairs Clinic for helping us organize and coordinate this event, and to the volunteers,” Osterman said. “Their help is invaluable. Additionally, we would like to thank all of our donors and supporters, as they are the ones who make events like this possible here at the Laredo Veterans Clinic. We could not do this without their generous support. . “

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