Food drive held for local veterans

These groups joined together to help local veterans and their pets. Pictured left to right: Joseph Ponce, US Veterans Council; Suzy Pena, US Veterans Council; Vicki Eckert, Atascosa Spay/Neuter Assistance Program; Linda Carter, Atascosa Spay/Neuter Assistance Program; Sabrina Steinbeke, Atascosa County Animal Control Facility; Melissa Henry, Atascosa County Animal Control Facility and kneeling, Stephanie Pino, Atascosa County Veterans Food Bank/ US Veterans Council. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

These groups joined together to help local veterans and their pets. Pictured left to right: Joseph Ponce, US Veterans Council; Suzy Pena, US Veterans Council; Vicki Eckert, Atascosa Spay/Neuter Assistance Program; Linda Carter, Atascosa Spay/Neuter Assistance Program; Sabrina Steinbeke, Atascosa County Animal Control Facility; Melissa Henry, Atascosa County Animal Control Facility and kneeling, Stephanie Pino, Atascosa County Veterans Food Bank/ US Veterans Council. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

On Saturday, May 4, the Atascosa County Veterans Food Bank, US Veterans Council Pleasanton Post, Atascosa Spay/Neuter Assistance Program and Atascosa County Animal Control Facility teamed up for a Combat Hunger Food Drive to support the Atascosa County Veterans Food Bank.

If a person seeking to get their cat fixed brought pet food or nonperishables to the food drive held at the shelter, their cats would get fixed for free.

“It was overwhelmingly successful,” said Stephanie Pino of the food bank and US Veterans Council.

Pino stated the amount of pet food collected will feed a veteran’s pet for a decent amount of time.

“The Atascosa County Veterans Food Bank understands the importance of a veteran’s pet and sometimes it becomes hard to feed that pet or themselves.

“Pets are not just a veteran’s pet, they are family. Most of the time, that pet is the only thing keeping that veteran sane. We are here to help with that,” said Pino. “I don’t want to see any veteran surrender their pets due to lack of funds, etc.”

Their mission is to help veterans, military and their families in a time of need. The Atascosa County Veterans Food bank is a nonprofit organization and your donations are what keeps them able to achieve a “No Veteran Goes Hungry” goal, that includes pets.

The 12 most wanted items are tuna, canned luncheon meat, canned soups, stews, mac n’ cheese, peanut butter, rice, beans, chili, cereal, pop top foods and complete box meals.

If there is anyone in need of assistance, please feel free to go Monday through Friday from 2-4 p.m. to the Atascosa County Veterans Service Office at 818 Main St Jourdanton. You can also call their office at 830-769-3251, Sarah Gamboa at 210-854- 9850 or Stephanie Pino at 830-200-1419.

The Atascosa County Veterans Food bank is also accepting much needed nonperishable items as well as monetary donations any time.

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