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 Honorably Discharged 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:
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 everywhere. Navarre is the perfect location between Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. Plans are one day to be a mobile pantry as well to make trips and set meet up locations in surrounding areas.
Tony is a 20 year Retired Navy Veteran and Kate is a Disabled Air Force Veteran. They have a daughter who is a Veteran of the Air Force Academy, a son in the Navy and a son-in-law in the 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.