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Hundred of veterans wait in line for food assistance

Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 15:31:11-05

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s a line as far as the eye can see. Hundreds of veterans and their families waited for food assistance at the western New York Heroes office in Williamsville Tuesday morning.

James Brown is a 70-year-old Army Veteran from Buffalo.

Some of us, you know, we run low. And, it’s a good place to come and they give you nutritious food,” said Brown.

Vets were given a ham or in some cases two and boxes of both perishable and nonperishable food items.

“I have two adult children living at home, yet and it really does help,” said Navy Veteran Bob Delamader from Lancaster.

The program is funded through taxpayer dollars, and run by Western New York HEROES AND Feed More Western New York. It began in May and it's set to end next Tuesday.

“It’s really impactful to see this line and we’re making sure these vets are getting the food assistance that they need,” said FeedMore WNY COO Anne McKenna.

“We’re always pushing to do as much as we can for our Veterans. I guess next year we’ll just have to wait and find out,” said Western N.Y. Heroes President and Co-Founder Chris Kreiger.

Veterans like James Brown say he hopes they can find a way to keep the program going. Money is tight and putting food on the table is no guarantee.

“I’m not going to ask friends or family for bread or milk or sugar. That’s not me. If I don’t have I do without,” he said.