Syracuse Vet Center to Provide Services in Utica

The Syracuse Vet Center will begin providing Readjustment Counseling and Referral Services to Veterans in the Utica/Rome area on February 19th. The center will share office space with the Feed Our Vets organization located in the Genesee Professional Building, 286 Genesee Street, Suite 7 in Utica. Free parking is available in the back of the building.

Services are Free of Charge

Who is eligible for Vet Center services?

-Veterans who served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon. Services are extended to the families of eligible Veterans as well.
-Veterans who experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
-Bereavement counseling is available to surviving family members.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call: (315) 478-7127

More information about the Vet Center program can be found at: https://www.vetcenter.va.gov

Feed Our Vets Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Feed Our Vets has been feeding Veterans 10 years as a 501c3 non profit. Here are the numbers: Over 25,000 veterans have been helped, 18,896 have been fed, 1,255,478 pounds of free food has been distributed and $102,160 in Walmart gift cards have been sent out. Thank you to all who volunteer to make this happen. A big thank you to all who have donated. We are able to do this without the benefit of grants, only from generous donors. THANK YOU!

HISTORIC HUMVEE AUCTIONED TO HELP FEED VETERANS

July 30, 2018 01:29 PM

ALBANY – The next time you’re at an event at the Times Union Center, don’t just walk by that giant car parked in the atrium. Instead, take a second look.

The 1991 military High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Humvee is on display until mid-September. It will be auctioned at the second annual Saratoga Automobile Museum to benefit the Feed Our Vets charitable not-for-profit organization. The event is Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.

Steve Hale of the History Channel’s “American Restoration” did the refurbishing. It was donated by the U.S. Air Force. It is now sparkling green and black with crushed glass in the mixture to provide extra sparkle. It has 13 stars painted on the hood and the bumper sports the words “Feed Our Vets.”

The founder of “Feed Our Vets” got the idea after seeing a story about a restored H1 Hummer used in the Iraq war auctioned at $1.35 million for charity.

Even if you don’t want to buy it, the message might be enough to help some veterans.

HISTORIC HUMVEE AUCTIONED TO HELP FEED VETERANS

To raise funds for our Veteran hunger programs, Feed Our Vets is auctioning off this amazing customized Humvee at the Saratoga NY Auto Auction on September 21 & 22, 2018.

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For more information, visit:

https://www.saratogaautoauction.org/vehicles/331/1991-am-general-m998-humvee

“A dramatically customized 1991 military High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, more famously known as a Humvee, has been consigned to the Saratoga Auto Museum’s annual auction this September.

This is not just any used Humvee, this vehicle was subject to a complete, frame off, rotisserie customization by nationally recognized restoration and hot rod specialist Steve Hale of Frankfort, N.Y. The Humvee’s unique paint and features is a salute to America’s veterans and a fund raising effort for “Feed Our Vets©” which is the only national non profit supporting vets nationally and in upstate New York with meals and food pantries.

The M998 HMMWV was developed by the military as a replacement for the Jeeps used in Vietnam. First produced by AM General in 1984 more than 281,000 of these tough and reliable light utility vehicles first gained fame in Desert Storm and later in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Military forces all over the world have ordered these workhorse vehicles.

The idea for this special salute to veterans originated with a Utica based charity called “Feed Our Vets”, a 501 c 3 charity. That organization provides meals and operates several food pantries including a mobile food pantry-serving veterans in central and eastern New York State. Proceeds from auctioning of this Humvee will go to Feed Our Vets, a 501 (c) (3) to help maintain their programs. Feed Out Vets founder Rich Synek says he first had the idea of finding a Humvee to help raise funds for his group after CNN restored a H1 Hummer they had used in the Iraq war and auctioned it off for $1.25 million to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

In 2015 Synek set off to see if he could find someone to donate a Humvee and last year he received a 1991 AM General HMMWV from Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia. He contacted Steve Hale of Steve’s Hot Rods and Restorations. Steve is well known from appearances on the History Channel’s “American Restorations” program. He jumped on the project when Synek showed him the Humvee.

Now, one year later and after at least 1,000 man-hours of labor the “Feed Our Vets” project has been completed. As Steve says the used vehicle “wasn’t in great shape and they had work to do.” Every piece was dismantled in Steve’ shop, cleaned and painted.

The original 6.2-liter GM diesel V8 engine with GM fuel injection was freshened and runs well. The transmission is a 3-speed automatic and features independent 4-wheel drive. The suspension has been rebuilt. With four doors and a wide wheelbase there is plenty of room in the interior, which has also been completely redone in keeping with the look of the vehicle. All the gages have been replaced.

The stunning and one off green and black paint scheme uses paint specially formulated and donated by PPG from their Crystallance paints which uses crushed glass to provide a striking sparkle. A&P Master Images of Utica donated computer renderings of the vehicle for the customization process. The vehicles features touches like 13 stars painted on the hood along with saluting soldiers on the truck’s sides. The “Feed Our Vets” front and rear bumpers were donated by “Iron Cross” bumpers. The rear roll bar featuring a military star is part of the design and is hand rolled fabricated steel.

The huge tires are 37X12,5R16.5 donated by Pitbull Tires. One of the most memorable features of this special Humvee is the green wheels featuring chrome studs.

Completing the package are special LED lights across the front and rear windows and around the front fenders. Westin Automotive Products donated them.

This memorable enhancement of a military workhorse will be on the SPAC stage to be auctioned off during the Saratoga Auto Museum’s Auction on September 21 & 22, 2018. For more information on the auction or to consign a vehicle contact Jeff Whiteside, Auction Director at 518-587-1935 x22 or jeff.whiteside@saratogaautomuseum.org.”

VFW JOINS FORCES TO FIGHT HUNGER

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Feed Our Vets was featured in the April 2018 issue of VFW Magazine, in the article: Food Insecurity: VFW Joins Forces to Fight Hunger.

The article by VFW Magazine writer Janie Dyhouse talks about the problem of Veteran hunger and how Feed our Vets was started.

 

“Rich Synek remember the day he encountered a hungry World War II vet.  Synek was postmaster in Vernon Center NY in 2008 when he asked the Battle of Okinawa vet why he purchased stamps one at a time rather than buying a bood of stamps.”

The article goes on to explain that the veteran couldn’t afford to eat two weeks out of each month.

We have a hunger problem.
— the VFW article quotes, FOV Founder and Executive Director Rich Synek.

“At the national level, VFW is also alarmed at the number of veterans suffering from what is being called “food insecurity”.  A study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that 27 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war vets struggle to put food on the table.”

Read the full article at VFW Magazine online.  

GIVE BACK GIVEAWAY FOOD DRIVE FOR UTICA PANTRY

This Saturday, New York Sash and Express Employment Professionals are teaming up for Give Back Giveaway to raise food donations for Feed Our Vets. We learn more about these organizations and why the cause is so important!

Giveaway details: http://newyorksash.com/give-back-giveaway/
Express Employment info: http://cnyopenhouse.com/express-employment/
More videos: http://cnyopenhouse.com/

 

On Saturday November 18th, New York Sash welcomes Express Employment Professionals and their Military Cargo Vehicle for a food drive to benefit Feed Our Vets.

*** Bring a non-perishable food donation and be entered to win a FREE WINDOW, professionally installed by New York Sash! ***

BITE BAKERY AND CAFE DONATES 600 LBS. OF POTATOES TO UTICA PANTRY

ason & Douglas Allen-Leonard of Bite Bakery and Cafe donated 600 lbs. of potatoes to the Feed Our Vets Utica Pantry in time for it Saturday, November 18th food distribution for Veteran families.

 

Bite Bakery & Cafe
53 Franklin Square
Downtown Utica
Mon-Thurs: 7:00am-7:00pm
Fri-Sat: 7:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am-1:00pm
(315) 790-5747 (OPT 1)

BREAKFAST SERVED DAILY
Served daily until 11 AM & Sunday 8 AM – 1 PM.

WEDDINGS
We can handle your special day call for consultation.
WRAPS AND SANDWICHES
Lunch daily from 11 AM – 7 PM, except on Sunday.
TASTY PASTRIES
Baked right in house, selection rotates daily.
HOT AND COLD BEVERAGES
A wide variety including coffee, tea & espresso drinks.
BITE MACARON CLUB
Get our handmade macarons every month. Ask us how!

HELP FEED HUNGRY VETERAN FAMILIES THIS VETERANS DAY

This Saturday, America honors and celebrates Veterans Day, and the service of the men and women who have worn the uniform, who have pledged to serve and defend the freedoms we hold dear. They are all heroes. 

 


However, when some Veterans return to the civilian world, they struggle.  They struggle to find living wage jobs. They struggle to access the benefits they’ve earned.  They struggle to support their families.Thankfully, this struggle is usually temporary.  Veteran families just need a helping hand while they work to get back on their feet.  And Feed Our Vets provides that helping hand. 

 

Our Veteran programs provide free food to Veteran and their families.  That food keeps them from having to choose between paying the rent and buying enough nutritious food to keep their families healthy.


Since 2008, Feed Our Vets has provided free food assistance to more than 20,000 Veterans and their family members, distributing 445,000 lbs. of food.Our mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children, whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger. Please help us help these American heroes get through the tough times until they get back on their feet.  Make a generous donation to support our Veteran food programs today.  

 

Feed Our Vets Founders

Rich & Michele Synek

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

REP TENNEY HONORS RICH SYNEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR

 

 

Rep Claudia Tenney (R-New York, 22nd District) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives honoring Feed Our Vets Founder & Executive Director Rich Synek.

Feed Our Vets was founded by Vernon Center, NY Postmaster and Navy Veteran Rich Synek. One day, a World War II Veteran came into Rich’s Post Office and bought a single stamp. When Rich asked him why he didn’t buy a book of stamps, the man broke down and confessed that he and his wife only had enough money to eat properly for two weeks out of each month, and that the last few days of the month, the couple had nothing to eat at all. That night, Rich and his wife, Michele, went out and bought groceries for the Veteran and his wife, and brought the food to their home.

When they realized how widespread the problem of Veteran hunger is, they established the first Feed Our Vets Food Pantry.

They have been feeding Veterans ever since.

Rich is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Marine Corps League, AVERS (American Veterans for Equal Rights), National League of Postmasters (NLPM), National Association of Postmasters of The United States (NAPUS), and is a Master Mason.

Claudia Tenney was elected to serve as a member of the United States House of Representatives on November 8, 2016, after winning one of the most expensive races in the nation. As a freshman member of the 115th Congress, she was selected to serve on the House Financial Services Committee.

Previously, Claudia served as a member of the New York State Assembly. Claudia was first elected to the Assembly on November 2, 2010.

Claudia is an accomplished attorney and longtime small business owner. Claudia was the co-owner and legal counsel to Mid-York Press, Inc., a commercial printing and manufacturing firm started by her grandfather in 1946. Mid-York Press currently employs nearly 70 people in the Chenango County community of Sherburne. Claudia also maintained a private law practice in Clinton, New York.

CUSTOM HUMVEE AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR VETERAN HUNGER PROGRAMS

To raise funds for our Veteran hunger programs, Feed Our Vets is auctioning off this amazing customized Humvee at the Saratoga NY Auto Auction  on September 21 & 22, 2018.

 

 

For more information, visit:

https://www.saratogaautoauction.org/vehicles/331/1991-am-general-m998-humvee

“A dramatically customized 1991 military High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, more famously known as a Humvee, has been consigned to the Saratoga Auto Museum’s annual auction this September.

This is not just any used Humvee, this vehicle was subject to a complete, frame off, rotisserie customization by nationally recognized restoration and hot rod specialist Steve Hale of Frankfort, N.Y. The Humvee’s unique paint and features is a salute to America’s veterans and a fund raising effort for “Feed Our Vets©” which is the only national non profit supporting vets nationally and in upstate New York with meals and food pantries.

The M998 HMMWV was developed by the military as a replacement for the Jeeps used in Vietnam. First produced by AM General in 1984 more than 281,000 of these tough and reliable light utility vehicles first gained fame in Desert Storm and later in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Military forces all over the world have ordered these workhorse vehicles.

The idea for this special salute to veterans originated with a Utica based charity called “Feed Our Vets”, a 501 c 3 charity. That organization provides meals and operates several food pantries including a mobile food pantry-serving veterans in central and eastern New York State. Proceeds from auctioning of this Humvee will go to Feed Our Vets, a 501 (c) (3) to help maintain their programs. Feed Out Vets founder Rich Synek says he first had the idea of finding a Humvee to help raise funds for his group after CNN restored a H1 Hummer they had used in the Iraq war and auctioned it off for $1.25 million to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

In 2015 Synek set off to see if he could find someone to donate a Humvee and last year he received a 1991 AM General HMMWV from Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia. He contacted Steve Hale of Steve’s Hot Rods and Restorations. Steve is well known from appearances on the History Channel’s “American Restorations” program. He jumped on the project when Synek showed him the Humvee.

Now, one year later and after at least 1,000 man-hours of labor the “Feed Our Vets” project has been completed. As Steve says the used vehicle “wasn’t in great shape and they had work to do.” Every piece was dismantled in Steve’ shop, cleaned and painted.

The original 6.2-liter GM diesel V8 engine with GM fuel injection was freshened and runs well. The transmission is a 3-speed automatic and features independent 4-wheel drive. The suspension has been rebuilt. With four doors and a wide wheelbase there is plenty of room in the interior, which has also been completely redone in keeping with the look of the vehicle. All the gages have been replaced.

The stunning and one off green and black paint scheme uses paint specially formulated and donated by PPG from their Crystallance paints which uses crushed glass to provide a striking sparkle. A&P Master Images of Utica donated computer renderings of the vehicle for the customization process. The vehicles features touches like 13 stars painted on the hood along with saluting soldiers on the truck’s sides. The “Feed Our Vets” front and rear bumpers were donated by “Iron Cross” bumpers. The rear roll bar featuring a military star is part of the design and is hand rolled fabricated steel.

The huge tires are 37X12,5R16.5 donated by Pitbull Tires. One of the most memorable features of this special Humvee is the green wheels featuring chrome studs.

Completing the package are special LED lights across the front and rear windows and around the front fenders. Westin Automotive Products donated them.

This memorable enhancement of a military workhorse will be on the SPAC stage to be auctioned off during the Saratoga Auto Museum’s Auction on September 21 & 22, 2018. For more information on the auction or to consign a vehicle contact Jeff Whiteside, Auction Director at 518-587-1935 x22 or jeff.whiteside@saratogaautomuseum.org.”