Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Veterans Service Agency Director Christian Farrell accepted a check for $185,000 from ShopRite on Wednesday, May 11 for the County’s Veterans Food Pantry.
The presentation, held at ShopRite of Montgomery, kicked off ShopRite’s 14th annual Veterans Fundraising Campaign, which will run from May 27 through August 6. Donations will be collected at ShopRite stores throughout the Hudson Valley to benefit several local veterans’ organizations in the communities its stores serve.
“We thank ShopRite once again for its commitment and generosity to local veterans,” Neuhaus said. “ShopRite has always been a dedicated partner when it comes to enhancing the quality of life of our veterans and should be commended for its community service. We appreciate that ShopRite and their employees and patrons remember and appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made for us.”
In 2021, ShopRite raised over $600,000 to benefit local veterans’ organizations and has raised more than $7 million since the campaign’s 2009 inception. The 2022 campaign will benefit local veterans’ organizations including, but not limited to, the Committee for the Families of War Veterans, Hudson Valley Honor Flight, and the Orange County Veterans Food Pantry.
“We are proud to support local veterans’ organizations year-round and especially through our annual fundraising events,” said Steve Savas, president, Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc. “Thanks to our hard-working employees and generous customers we are able to honor the sacrifices our veterans have made and express our gratitude for their service.”
The Orange County Veterans Food Pantry, which is housed at the ShopRite of Montgomery, makes weekly deliveries to the homes of veterans. Food Pantry participants receive non-perishable food items, as well as essential household supplies.
This program is open to active duty, surviving family members, National Guard, Reservists, veterans, and their spouses. For more information on the Veterans Food Pantry, call the County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA) at 291-2470, or log onto www.OrangeCountyGov.com/Veterans.