Refrigerator Donated to VA Food Pantry - VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
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Refrigerator Donated to VA Food Pantry

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary and VA Salt Lake City staff in front of new refrigerator

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary and VA Salt Lake City staff in front of new refrigerator at Veteran food pantry.

By Rob Totten
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The generous donation of a refrigerator/freezer means Veterans in the need of fresh milk, yogurt, fruits and vegetables can now find them at George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center’s Veteran food pantry.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Department of Utah received a $600 grant from the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation to purchase the refrigerator/freezer for the food pantry.

Two women placing American Legion Auxiliary emblem on refrigerator.

Members of the American Legion dedicate refrigerator to Veterans facing food insecurity.

On July 26th, representatives from the ALA came to the VA Salt Lake City to label the refrigerator with the Auxiliary emblem and "dedicating" it to those Veterans with food insecurities.  Across the U.S., nearly 1.7 million Veterans experience food insecurity—meaning they have inconsistent access to adequate food because of limited financial resources. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans are at double the national average for food insecurity.

Since the food pantry opened in March 2017, it has served over 1300 veterans and their families and distributed over 12,000 pounds of food. This refrigerator will now provide fresh fruits and vegetables to Veterans in need. The food pantry is one more way that VA Salt Lake City take care of our Veterans!

Many thanks to Cary Fisher, Nancy Aerts, Carolyn Stromness, Judy Daybell, and everyone at the ALA for this generous donation!

If you have questions regarding the food pantry including how it operates, or how to participate, please contact Natalie Green, at Natalie.Green3@va.gov or ext. 1957

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