Imagine serving your country in a war and then coming back home and not being able to afford food.
Ken Neuburger is a Vietnam war veteran and he stated, “Feed our veterans who are not often times proud enough to ask for help or ask for a meal.” He was volunteering Thursday evening at a Military Food Share program that was put on by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. Neuburger added, “This is a great venue to help them get a little bit of nourishment for a period of time.”
Food service programs like Military Share run off of donations, if you are interested in donating food, you can go to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie. Cindy Plymyer is the Relations Coordinator for the food bank and she stated, “Donations go along way at second harvest, it can help everyone in the community.” She says veterans and immediate family members of active duty service people are eligible to participate in the program. Plymyer added, “They can just call us and pre-register, call us at the food bank, check our website for the information.”
The Military Share program is an ongoing program and happens every other month at the Erie VA Medical Center. If you are interested in donating or receiving food, you can find more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank website.