The Veterans' Food drive began in 2009 as a dream to help provide a Thanksgiving Meal to roughly 15 Veteran’s who would not have otherwise had one. In its‘ inaugural year, we were able to provide 109 Veterans and their families the means for a Thanksgiving meal they would not have had otherwise. Now, eight years later the need has grown tremendously as our desire to help those who have served us has grown as well. We collaborate with businesses, clubs, schools, and churches to help us collect non-perishable food items that are then used to help assemble and provide approximately 6-8 grocery bags 'aka' “baskets” per Veteran and their families. This year, the request has grown upwards of 1,000 local Veterans and their families and we need your help to accomplish this task. There are several ways you can be involved. We are looking for collection site locations, volunteers to help collect non-perishable food/monetary donations during 'collection weekends' at Jewel on September 24th & 25th 2016 & Walmart on October 8th & 9th 2016 and non-perishable food/monetary donations to help make this event a success. We also need lots of hands on deck on Friday, November 18th 2016 at the assembly /distribution location as we prepare and assemble the food baskets as well as Saturday, November 19, 2016 during the distribution of the food baskets. This year we will continue to team up with Cruising for a Cause to aide and support the efforts of Caring Patriots NFP, Inc., which is an approved 501(c)3 organization. All monetary donations will go directly to this event which will provide upwards of a 1,000 local Veteran’s and their families the food for a Thanksgiving meal. We thank you and look forward to your help in making this our biggest year to date!