Middle Georgia Food Bank starts food pantry for vets at Carl Vinson VA Center

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Middle Georgia Food bank is piloting a new program for Veterans in Laurens County.

They may have helped win the battle for national security, but for many war heroes in Middle Georgia food security is still a fight.

“Some of our veterans are homeless and with homelessness comes lack of food,” said Dr. Frank Jordan of Dublin’s V.A. Center.

He says vets in Laurens County can look forward to food just for them…with the help of the V.A. Center and Middle Georgia Food Bank’s Veterans Pantry Program.

“We’re reaching veterans who served and we want to try and serve them for what they’ve done.”

Food bank Operations Director Mike Morrison says together they’ve committed to providing pre-made meals, canned goods and non-perishable foods for vets each month.

The food bank typically sends two shipments of 30 boxes weighing in at about 50 pounds a box. That’s around 3,000 pounds of food. But, Morrison says if the V.A. Center needs more, they’re happy to give it.

“We know there’s a need there and we’re working with them to get food into that area,” said Morrison.

“I invite anyone to sit down and think about how much you eat in a month…and now imagine you’re a homeless veteran or an unemployed veteran or someone else in need and they need that food too,” Jordan added.

Both men hoping guaranteed meals will eat away at hunger in veterans. Dr. Jordan says if you’re a veteran in need of food, you can call the Carl Vinson V.A. Medical Center in Dublin.

Vets can also come by and pick up the food items if they’re able. Morrison says so far, the program is only in Laurens County.

But, he and Dr. Jordan both agree that they want to expand to other counties in the near future.