DeKalb commissioner sponsors food drive for veterans

A food drive will be held for veterans on Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Atlanta VA Arcadia Clinic, 250 North Arcadia Ave., Decatur.

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson allocated $10,000 in 2022 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank to support three Soldiers’ Angels mobile food distributions for veterans, two of which took place in September and October 2022.

Each recipient at the third Soldiers’ Angels event will receive a box containing approximately 75 pounds of food packed by volunteers and loaded into cars, pushcarts, or backpacks of registered veterans, according to a news release.

Veterans interested in the Jan. 27 food assistance distribution must preregister by visiting www.soldiersangels.org/atlanta.

“I take great pride in supporting our [veterans] because they have given so much to protect our country. I feel the food distributions are only a small token of the gratitude they deserve for their enormous sacrifice,” said Cochran-Johnson.

A news release from DeKalb County stated that Soldiers’ Angels is a not-for-profit organization that supports military families, deployed service members, wounded heroes, and veterans “with aid, comfort, programs and resources.”

“In 2021, we supported more than 982,141 service members, veterans and their families across the country,” said Atlanta Area Director of Soldiers’ Angels John Harris. “It is through generous donations and partnerships like these that we are able to continue our efforts year-round.”

Cochran-Johnson added that 2023 marks the third year of her partnership with Soldiers’ Angels.

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