Currently, more veterans than ever are reaching out to the pantry for help, especially since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — The words “Thank you” are simply not enough to thank our veterans for their devotion to our country. The community in Geauga County is doing its best to make sure all veterans are cared for and receive the support they need.
Hundreds gathered Friday night for the “Jeep Night” to support the Geauga County Veteran Food Pantry. The event was hosted by the Burton-Middlefield Rotary, and all donations and money raised go directly to the food pantry.
“Last week, I heard a veteran [say he] hasn’t eaten in two days, and they found the food pantry and it helped them out,” Geauga County Commissioner Jim Dvorak said. “I don’t want to hear that anymore in Geauga County, so we put together things like this.”
Currently, more veterans than ever are reaching out to the pantry for help, especially since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The organization did not close during that time and instead transformed to help veterans in a socially distanced way, according to founder Lynn Algeri.
“It’s hard for veterans to ask for help, because they are the ones that give the help,” Algeri, who started the food pantry 10 years ago when her daughter deployed to Iraq, said. “We couldn’t do what we did if they didn’t do what they did.”
Alergi is taking about veterans like Larry Ayers. He served in the United States Army for 28 years, and now he supports his fellow veterans in need.
“We did lose a lot of people, and that was the most difficult part of the job was losing some of your people,” Ayers said. “One of the things we’ve all learned as veterans: If there is something a veteran needs … we stop and take care of it.”
You can donate to the Geauga County Veteran Food Pantry year-round. For more information, visit facebook.com/vetpantry.