Veteran Food Pantry

  • Soups, especially hearty meals like chili or stew – easy to microwave
  • Canned meat: chicken, tuna, ham, Vienna sausages 
  • Canned vegetables: potatoes, collard greens, beans, carrots, spinach or peas
  • Canned fruit and individual fruit cups
  • Spaghetti and marinara sauce
  • Rice
  • Instant food mixes that only require water: mashed potatoes, biscuit mixes, instant oatmeal
  • Shelf-stable milk and alternatives (rice, soy, etc.)
  • Heat and serve macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter or other nut butter, especially crunchy
  • Pudding (non-refrigerated)
  • Pop Tarts
  • Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  • Chips and crackers: Cheez-Its, graham crackers, animal crackers, peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars 
  • Gluten-free items
  • Coffee, tea, creamer, drink mixes
  • Cereal, hot and cold 
  • Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, Chapstick
  • Cleaning products, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, Lysol, dish soap, dish detergent, sponges
  • Toilet paper, tissues, paper, towels, garbage bags 

Host a Food Drive

Food Drives are a great way to involve your friends, co workers, and family in the fight to end veteran hunger. Whether you host a traditional food drive to collect canned goods or hold a virtual food drive to raise funds for the VCHC Veteran Food Pantry, YOU can make a big difference. 

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations are used to buy fresh meats, dairy, fruits and special dietary needs for our veterans and families. We support small businesses and local stores. 

Small denomination gift cards for local stores to help fill needs we may not have on hand (infant formula, diapers, specialty diet needs). 

Volunteer 

Volunteer some time. Packing, sorting and shelving is always needed. Sign up and bring the family to help! Coordinate a volunteer day for your community, office, church, friends, or family. 

Make some noise on social media!

Take a moment and post on your social media. Ask your friends and followers to help our veterans that are struggling with hunger. Tag us @VCHCVetHelp 


Little Known Facts… 

  • 1 in 7 working age veterans struggle to feed their families. 
  • SNAP can help veterans facing hunger, but can not help fill all the needs. 
  • 1,200 individuals have been assisted by the VCHC food pantry in the past year 

Questions? Please reach out to info@vchcny.org

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