Help out struggling veterans |

Help out struggling veterans

In preparation for the winter holiday season, a food drive for homeless and struggling military veterans kicked off in October.

The fourth annual Holiday Food Drive to Support Local Veterans is organized by the Grand Junction Vet Center, a resource hub for veterans and their families.

Located at 2472 Patterson Road, unit 16, the Vet Center offers all types of counseling, benefits assistance, support groups and more free of charge.

The food drive is just another one of their supportive programs.

“With veterans and especially homeless vets, there’s a high need. We (The Vet Center) want to hook them up with the services they need as well food,” said Sarah Green, an intern studying to be a clinical mental health counselor.

The drive for nonperishable foods, such as canned goods and pantry items, runs through Dec. 6. The Vet Center team will identify veterans who are in need and will distribute large food boxes starting Dec. 9, just in time for the December holidays.

“There is a huge need for food during this season,” Green said.

Last year, The Vet Center handed out 50 “hefty” food boxes to homeless and struggling vets — all made possible through community donations. And each year, the drive has gotten bigger, according to Green.

There are eight donation drop-off locations around the Grand Valley including any Alpine Bank branch, Cabela’s, Crossroads Fitness (airport location), the Vet Center, and the Grand Junction Free Press office.

For more information about the food drive or the Vet Center, call 970-245-4156.

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