A Northern Michigan veterans food bank has seen a more than 100 percent increase in need over the last two years.
Thanks to generous community donations throughout the year, the Vets Serving Vets Food Bank in Cadillac has had no trouble meeting that demand. That doesn’t mean they don’t need your help
This year, they’ve been handing out an average of 130 boxes on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. The boxes and always full when veterans, active duty military or their families drive away.
The food bank saw a big rise in need at the beginning of the pandemic. Despite things returning mostly to normal, economic issues have caused the demand to only go up.
“My bookeeper who keeps track of all that stuff, he said in 2020, we did an average of 600 boxes a year. He said this year, we’ll do over 1,600 boxes,” said Steve Birdwell, Director of the Vets Serving Vets Food Bank.
Need knows no season and if you would like to help the Vets Serving Vets Food Bank, they’re accepting non-perishable food and personal care items. You can drop it off at their location at the Vets Serving Vets Park on 41 Road in Cadillac.
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