New Veterans Program Being Hosted at Open Hands Pantry

Cheri MontgomeryKim Black

Yesterday, Open Hands Food Pantry hosted a new program to help veterans around the county.  Called Reaching Rural Veterans, the program is sponsored by Purdue University and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension to help veterans across Kentucky and Indiana.  The program’s main mission is to partner with faith based food pantries, bring communities together, provide resources and services to address the needs of veterans and families.

The local program here in Anderson County, headed by Cheri Montgomery, recently started in November after receiving a small grant to help coordinate the effort.  The program, which is open to all vets, will meet once a month until April on the third Tuesday from 1pm-3pm.  At this past meeting, Cheri organized a number of services to help veterans, including the Open Hands Pantry, Anderson County Health Department, Anderson County Extension Office, and Anderson County Recovery.  The varying services help with all aspects of life from health to food.  There was also combat trauma and PTSD counseling available from Kim Black of Anderson County Recovery.  And for this past event, they gave vets in need gas cards, haircuts, and flu shots.

Open Hands Pantry is also still need in need of more donations, specifically shelf stable milk, eggs, and butter.  They currently serve around 300-375 people a month and continue to need volunteers during the day.  For more information about the pantry, check out their Facebook page.

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