Every box that I put on a pallet I look back and say I'm helping someone today. It's such a good feeling.
Working Together to Stabilize Lives
We first met John when he came to volunteer at the food bank. A veteran, serving over 30 years ago, John has faced numerous, sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges since his service. Looking to get back on his feet, John now resides at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls and spends time three days a week at the food bank.
Organizations like the Wisconsin Veterans Home and Veterans Services in Eau Claire work every day to stabilize the lives of veterans in our community. Feed My People has partnered with these organizations to provide nutritious food through the onsite meal program and by offering food boxes for those with immediate needs.
In addition, many veterans like John are looking for work experience or the chance to improve their job skills. "I found out that we were actually getting food through them, and I thought well if they're helping us, I'm going to help them," John said. "Got a lot of good training there on how to do inventory, pick orders, load trucks, and re-pack food."
John is able to get the experience he needs. Feed My People receives wonderful assistance while getting to know great people like John; truly a win-win situation for all involved.
At the core of every vet is the desire to serve. John is thankful for programs that are allowing him to get back on his feet and he wants to give back. "Every box that I put on a pallet I look back and say I'm helping someone today," he shared. "It's such a good feeling."
We are grateful for veterans like John - for his service in the past for our country and for his service in the future helping to make our community a better place to live.