It’s a scene that’s performed out too many occasions, particularly previously year-and-a-half. Hundreds of automobiles line up to gather donated meals for his or her household.
“Kind of saddened that people have to come in America in a food line in this situation,” sighed Paul Donnelly. “A lot of people are not as well off as we are.”
Thursday, the road within the Pechanga Arena parking zone was principally occupied by energetic responsibility navy personnel and veterans.
“I think most people assume that would never happen to someone that’s serving our country,” mentioned Alyce Fernebok, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the Chairwoman of the Board for the Veterans Village of San Diego.
VVSD is a nonprofit group that helps navy veterans overcome homelessness and different challenges like dependancy. VVSD partnered with Feeding San Diego for the meals distribution shut to Memorial Day Weekend. VVSD purchasers spent the primary half of the week making ready tons of of packing containers of meals for Thursday’s distribution. Then dozens of these veterans who obtained a lot assist of their very own paid it ahead exterior the sector.
“It strengthens our ties. It strengthens the ties of humanity,” Fernebok mentioned.
Donnelly spent Thursday morning placing frozen chickens into numerous automobiles.
“It makes me feel good, a lot better about myself,” he mentioned. “Builds some self-esteem and some self-worth.”
Donnelly is a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran. He has a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Cross and a Bronze Star.
“The community is wonderful. They support us. We support them,” Donnelly mentioned.
“It’s disheartening to know that many people are showing up with hunger,” Sam Duke mentioned.
Duke is Feeding San Diego’s Volunteer Programs Manager. He helped coordinated with VVSD to have the Veterans support in Thursday’s distribution.
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A Feeding San Diego spokesperson mentioned they had been ready to present meals for 542 households Thursday.