VFW Post 5699 holding mobile food pantry for local veterans

Come rain or shine, veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5699 in Ocean Springs plans to carry out a mission to honor our South Mississippi veterans.

It’s a sweet deal and members of VFW Post 5699 in Ocean Springs have whipped up a new way to honor our veterans. Commander Lela Bremen said, “We’re planning a mobile food pantry where veterans will come on Saturday, September 19th. They’re going to pull up. They’ll show us proof of service, and we’re going to send them with a box of food, a bag of food, and smile, and send them on their way.”

It’s a call to action whether you are past or present military, civilian, or a civic group. “We have connected with Feeding the Gulf Coast, who is going to bring us 5,000 pounds of food the day of, that morning. That food is going to include poultry, vegetable, fruits, in addition to-we’ve had a great community response with donations.”

Anyone can lend a hand on this mission and they’re still looking for a few good men and woman to pitch in. ” We have some police officers, some firefighters, some students.  Anybody of any age-even if you’re not able to lift, we can still find a job for you where you can help us out. We appreciate any and all volunteers who can come out and help us.”

You can drop off your food or personal hygiene donation items at one of several collection sites throughout the City of Ocean Springs up until Friday, September 18th.  “We have boxes set up at Ocean Springs City Hall, the Shed in Ocean Springs, at Val’s Sports Bar and Grill. We also have one set up here at VFW Post 5699.”

The distribution is set for noon on Saturday, September 19th outside VFW Post 5699 in Ocean Springs off VFW Road inside Gulf Islands National Seashore just off Bienville and is just one way this VFW Post is paying it forward to those who have sacrificed so much for us.

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