A 501(c)3 Military pantry located in Mary Esther, FL

You served our country. Now let us serve you.

About Us - Veteran pantry in Mary esther


We are a strong military family

A pantry for Veterans and Active Military owned by Veterans.

Food For Veterans Inc is a 501(c)3 Florida Non-Profit organization whose mission is to provide food and essentials to Veterans and Military members in need of assistance. Raising community awareness and advocating for clients as we provide support with respect and recognition for their Service.

The Department of Veteran Affairs and HUD published a PIT Count which was conducted in January 2017. This national snapshot of Veteran homelessness showed that:

  • On a single night in January 2017, just over 40,000 Veterans were experiencing homelessness.
  • On the same night, just over 15,000 of the Veterans counted were unsheltered or living on the street.
  • Between 2016 and 2017, there was a 1.5 percent increase in the estimated number of homeless Veterans nationwide; however, the majority of the country continued to make progress reducing Veteran homelessness in 2017.
  • And still, the estimated number of Veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has declined by nearly 50 percent since 2010.

Some may think that this area doesn't need a pantry for Veterans...but when you really open your eyes and look around you...the need is there.

Kate is a Disabled Air Force Veteran with a daughter who is a Veteran of the Air Force Academy and a son-in-law who is Active Duty Air Force.

Living in the Florida Panhandle, Kate saw a need to help struggling Veterans and low income military families.   "Driving down Hwy 98, we tend to have tunnel vision at times and we choose not to see what is happening on the other side of the tree line."
Being a Disabled Veteran herself and frequently seeing men on street corners holding signs that said "Hungry Vet" or "Homeless Vet" in Ft Walton Beach and Pensacola, Kate knew that this wasn't necessary. A week or so later,  'Sprite' Mike Wilson, a homeless Navy Veteran, spent the night on a park bench with temperatures in the 30's. Mike passed away shortly after being found and brought to a nearby hospital.   Kate knew it was time to make the dream a reality and Food For Vets began to come to life.