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Midwest Veterans Closet Provides Services for Needy Veterans


Midwest Veterans Closet

Fueled by need, Midwest Veterans Closet, a Rapid Response organization serving those who serve(d) us is taking the lead in military hunger relief. A Grocery Food Truck will roll up to Midwest Veterans Closet on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19 from 12 to 2 p.m.

What is a Grocery Food Truck? It is a truck loaded with meat, fresh produce, dairy products, frozen foods, canned, boxed, and packaged items; enough for 200 families! Available while supplies last. The services is free to current military, veterans and their dependents. Note that military ID is required.

Hunger is real. It's in every community. In fact, one in four Veterans living in our community is hungry. The Midwest Veterans Closet Food Room opened in November 2015 when the Deerfield, IL Pee Wee football team adopted Midwest Veterans Closet as their Turkey Bowl charity.

The children collected and donated over 100 shopping bags full of food! We immediately began distributing food to hungry Veterans and military. Due to increased need, the food room was renovated to a Food and Nutrition Resource Center.

"We are working with Northern Illinois Food Bank to help provide healthy and nutritious food for those families who have given so much for our country. We also work with the University of Illinois Extension Program to provide nutrition education and can offer SNAP assistance to any military family that walks through our doors. We have added pet food donated and supported by Our House of Hope, Libertyville, for service-related dogs and family pets as well. We provide targeted support to our military families," says Mary Carmody, President of the organization.

As they conclude their fourth year of serving those who serve(d) us, Midwest Veterans Closet staff, volunteers, and donors reflect on how they can can do more for military heroes and their families. Along with offering bags of groceries, the Coat Room will be transformed to the Grunt Style shirts room.

"We believe feeding folks and providing weather appropriate clothing is a basic need easy to fulfill," Carmody explained.

Midwest Veterans Closet is located at 2323 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064 and on Route 569 of the PACE Bus Service.


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