Feeding the veterans… Local VFW post teams up with Second Harvest Food Bank

Published 4:22 pm Friday, April 17, 2020

It was a very busy but rewarding day on Friday at the Elizabethton Veterans of Foreign War post on Elk Avenue as a group of VFW volunteers teamed up with the Second Harvest Food Bank to make sure local veterans had something in their pantry to help them through the trying days with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Post Commander Andy Wetzel said the plan had been in place since last year but it wasn’t until last month that the fruits of their labor came together.
“This was Auxillary President Lynna Weston’s idea and we were in the process of doing this last year when it kind of fell through due to a change at the Second Harvest Food Bank,” Wetzel said. “We partnered up with them this spring and last month we had a good turnout.
“We are expecting an even bigger turnout this month with about 60 people signed up.”
Wetzel said that any veteran could participate in the food distribution by simply calling the Elizabethton Veterans Office and speak to David Batchelder who is also a member of the post.
Each volunteer was decked out in gloves and masks as part of the social distancing plan in place as the veterans pulled up to the tables and the food was placed in their vehicle without them having to get out.
Veterans received bread, eggs, cheese, bananas, potatoes, a gallon of milk, and fresh fruit in their packages.
“We want to feed our veterans especially with everything going on,” Wetzel said.
The plans are for the food distribution to continue. Wetzel added that there isn’t a set day as Second Harvest Food Bank contacts him when they have an opening.
Distribution will start around 2 pm in the afternoon at the VFW Post on the day that will be set aside.

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