Starting this September, Military Veterans Resource Center will join with Waffle Houses throughout Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties to collect non-perishable food and personal care items for Ohio's military families in need.
The partnership began when Elisha Adams, a human resource representative with Waffle House, visited MVRC's Hamilton resource center to interview a veteran candidate for a management position. On her way into the interview, Adams noticed several donation boxes from MVRC's Feed Ohio Vets' food drive stationed outside the office. Immediately, she took an interest in the initiative, and recognized Waffle House could help MVRC combat the hunger affecting thousands of veterans and their families.
"I gave Elisha a flyer, she took it to a meeting, and Waffle House jumped on board with the idea," said MVRC career specialist Dan Dunaway, who runs the Hamilton office.
On Sept. 18, Military Veterans Resource Center provided Waffle House with ten donation boxes to distribute to their stores. If the first set of ten are successful, MVRC and Waffle House will expand the initiative to more stores in Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties.
"Waffle House has partnered with MVRC in the past to hire our veteran clients. We're thrilled they're continuing to support us in our mission to feed Ohio's veterans," said Dunaway.
Initially, the Feed Ohio Vets' food drive was scheduled to run from Aug. 23 until Sept. 13, 2014, but Military Veterans Resource Center has decided to continue collecting items for military families at each resource center throughout the year. Waffle House will also have the donation boxes at their stores until the end of 2014, but if the collection is successful, the boxes may become a permanent addition.
"In Ohio today, over 100,000 veterans rely on food pantries and meal services to feed themselves and their families," said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper. "Veterans in our state have a significant need and we're going to do what we can to meet that need."
For more information about how to donate to MVRC's Food Bank, call 614-230-0662 today.