Today marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and to honor local veterans, the Ohio County Food Pantry gave out free boxes of food to veterans in the community.
Frozen chicken, non-perishable foods, and even some sweets were thrown into the food boxes given out to veterans on Monday at the food pantry.
Cars filled with veterans lined the building to get these free boxes, and the eight volunteers inside were happy to help out local veterans during a difficult time.
“The majority of the veterans that have been here already today are elderly," said Patti Boone, a volunteer with the Ohio County Food Pantry. "With covid, that makes it even more dangerous, so we’re thrilled that they can just drive by. It’s just a small way to say thank you for your service and all that you’ve done for us to our veterans here in the county."
44News spoke with a veteran in line today, and he spoke about how thankful he was for this free food during the holiday season.
“It’s very well needed here," said Bradley Howard, a veteran of the Vietnam War. "I appreciate it, everything they’ve done for the veterans around here. This food bank has helped a lot of people in this county. They’ve gone all out for showing their respect for veterans. I really appreciate it.”
The drive thru food pickup was open until 2:00 Pm on Monday, and it saw more than 50 veterans come through the line and pickup a free food box.
An this drive-thru food pickup wasn't the only way the Ohio County Food Pantry was honoring Veterans on Monday.
“We had the Kentucky State Police come by, and they picked up thirty of the boxes and bags, and the police are actually delivering those to our World War II veterans and some of the veterans that we know are disabled and unable to get out," said Boone.
The food pantry says they’re gladly accepting food donations and monetary doations as the holidays approach.