Food Pantry Helps Vets In Need

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On the third Saturday of every month, veterans like Robert Murphy are grateful.

"I have a lot of children," Murphy said. "I have nine children, so the food really helps."

For the past five years, the Utica-based Feed Our Vets food pantry has been coming to the Watertown Veterans Center on Court Street to provide veterans with a week's worth of groceries.

Dave Robinson says it helps him get by.

"It's better than just sitting home and doing nothing," he said, "sitting home and trying to figure out how you're going to get this, how to get that. I've been coming here ever since they brought the first truck in here."

Mark Smith, vice president of Feed Our Vets, said he's "very honored to know that I'm helping out these men and women that have already served our country."

While food pantry volunteers were filling bags of groceries, Jefferson Community College Veterans Club members were on the grill making sure each vet had lunch to eat on the spot. They also come every third Saturday. 

"So what food they get from this pantry, they don't have to go home and make food from food they just got," said Cory O'Connor, president of the JCC club. said.

Volunteers say giving back just feels good and they want vets to know that if they need assistance, there are people out here to help them.

"We are out here to take care of our veterans," Smith said, "our men and women that have served our country."

That makes the volunteers, many whom are vets themselves, feel great.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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