Food boxes distributed to veterans, seniors and others in need on Thursday, August 27, 2020

DETROIT - The Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition (MDVC) teamed up with the American Legion, Department of Michigan, Detroit Chapter #9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Gleaners Food Bank of Michigan and distributed 400 food boxes Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 to veterans, seniors and others in need.

The distribution took place at the Joe Louis Post 375 located at 19486 and continued until all the boxes were given out.

“While the MDVC traditionally comes together to focus on the Veterans Day Parade, COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to work on another part of our mission, which is community service,” explained Richard Chatman, a member of the MDVC. “We know that veterans as well as many others are struggling, and this was one way to help.”

The event was a contactless distribution; drivers stayed in their vehicles while volunteers loaded a food box into the trunk or rear of the car.

This is the second good giveaway and the third effort by the MDVC to support veterans during the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this year, the group teamed up with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity and BAE Systems, Inc. to provide 10, $1,000 stipends to help veterans cover housing costs.

About the MDVC: The organization provides a platform for America’s veterans, active military and civilians to serve together in their communities. Its signature event is the Veterans Day Parade, which has grown from a few hundred people to several thousand participants. This year’s parade is slated to take place on November 8. For more information about the MDVC, go to https://www.mdvcmi.org/





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