Food drive serves vets in need this holiday season

Our veterans have served us. Now, it’s our turn to serve them.

“With this time of year – the holidays – I’m always reminded how fortunate we are and how we can do something for those who are not – especially our veterans,” said John Kriesel, director of Anoka County Veteran Services.

“It’s nice to be able to do something for people who have done so much for our freedom. You can make a difference. Our heroes shouldn’t go hungry,” he said.

Well, Kriesel and his staff are doing something to ensure veterans do not go hungry this holiday season.

They are hosting a food drive for veterans in need and invite community members to drop off non-perishable food items at the Veteran Services office from now until the end of the month.

“It can be any non-perishable item that anyone might feel is useful for the holidays,” Kriesel said, describing what food drive organizers are looking for.

Cash donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase vouchers veterans can use at Cub Foods in Riverdale to buy a turkey or a ham.

Veterans in need should contact the Veteran Services office by calling 763-323-5290 or emailing [email protected]

“We want to make sure our vets don’t go hungry, and we want to let them know what we can do for them,” Kriesel said. “We’re a one-stop shop and we’re here to help.”

The Anoka County Veteran Services office is located in the Anoka County Government Center building at 2100 3rd Ave., Suite 216, Anoka.

The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. If the office door is locked, items can be left in the hallway, Kriesel said.

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