We have been feeding the elderly and disabled veterans of North Carolina since March 3rd, 2020. We have fed 256 veterans and first responders in-need by purchasing meals over 3-4 weeks. The word has gotten out about our efforts and our phones are ringing nonstop with requests. Our goal is to take care of as many families as we can for the duration of the virus and stay-at-home protocol. We have partnered with Carolina Farm Trust, a nonprofit, on this mission as well and want to raise funds.
During the early weeks of COVID-19 we noticed that the elderly and disabled veterans in our county were struggling to make ends meet, and have shown the inability to get food, hygiene and medication. Our county has nearly 60,000 veterans in it, of which 15,000 are labeled as elderly or have disability ratings of 70% or higher. If we expand that model around the state of North Carolina, and take one-fifth of the veteran population in the state, we have 154,000 of the 770,000 veterans struggling.
We have been feeding and delivering necessities to this demographic and it has proven to be life saving. Our recent collaboration with the Carolina Farm Trust has also proven to be a huge asset in this new outreach measure. However, being that we as a nonprofit only have limited funds, we can only do so much and the need is great. With more sponsors, we could have a larger impact on our veterans in-need, across this state and neighboring South Carolina .
In these dark and unpredictable COVID-19 days, it could be easy for our veterans to recess into instability and lose hope. We can prevent that by letting them know that we care by getting food on the table along with hygiene to sustain them until we find a cure for this virus. They just need to know that they have not been forgotten.