Veterans come out to support Feed our Vets

Representatives of Conneaut VFW Post 2836 present a check for $3,000 to the Feed our Vets pantry director Tracy Bidwell, second from left, on Sunday morning in Ashtabula. Pictured from left are Jim Jones, post commander, Bidwell, Dave Harlacher, second vice commander, Catherine Glosser, quartermaster and Tim Adany, trustee.

ASHTABULA — Area veterans came out to support an organization that has been feeding veterans’ families since October.

Feed our Vets is seeking a way to purchase the building where it presently operates or a new structure to continue the work that has helped feed 1,200 people more than 6,200 pounds of food.

The local chapter of the national organization was formed by volunteers led by pantry director Tracy Bidwell starting last summer with food distribution officially underway in October of 2019. Bidwell said the organization was offered the opportunity to use the building, but the owner wants to sell and has asked the organization to vacate by July unless they are in a position to purchase the building.

Veterans from a variety of organizations, including the Conneaut VFW Post 2836, came to the food pantry on Center Street late Sunday morning to show support and contribute to efforts to buy the building or find a new structure.

With time closing in to leave the building, Bidwell said the organization has some short-term options for storage of food, but wants to find a permanent home. She said Feed our Vets can probably move everything in a day if it comes to that.

Representatives of Conneaut VFW Post 2836 donated $3,000 to the organization on Sunday morning and representatives of the USA Veterans Motorcycle Group, Geneva FVW Riders, the Ashtabula American Legion and Blue Star Mothers came to show support for the cause.


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