1,000 Food Boxes Handed Out to Veterans

The cold and rain didn't stop 1,000 food boxes from being handed out to veterans during a community giveaway at the Hartke Pool Thursday in Evansville.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 7:11 PM

Feed Evansville has been hosting community food shares every week to help those struggling during the pandemic.

And on Thursday, Oct. 26th, they partnered with the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana and Rolling Thunder to specifically feed veterans.

"Who can't use free food - I mean especially veterans who are on a fixed income. Some of them aren't even getting out because of you know - what’s going on in the world with the whole Covid," said Diane Shaw with the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. "And so they rely on others to go out and get food for them. So, this is an opportunity for them to have free food."

And Jerry Blake, executive director of Rolling Thunder, and a Vietnam and Iraqi war veteran, says while he isn’t food insecure himself, his fellow veterans rely on this kind of community support.

“We feed veterans four times a year. We come down to the vet center here. We do brats, hamburgers, things like that,” Blake said. And there are a lot of veterans in this area who are down on their luck and stuff like that. And we want to make sure that nobody gets left out."

And while veterans aren’t able to go on the Honor Flight this year, they’re hoping to make that trip to DC in 2021.

"I talked to a lot of veterans -- they’re very disappointed, but they all understand. They’re all itching to go,” Shaw said. “I just talked to a veteran last night and he was like 'I'm still on the list right?' And I’m like, 'You’re still on the list."'

The Honor Flight team also plans to deliver care packages to veterans over the next few weeks.

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