Contributed to the Opelika Observer
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System collected over 2,662 pounds of non-perishable food items during the inaugural Heroes Helping Heroes Food Drive to lend a helping hand to our Veteran community.
The outpour of support from our community for Central Alabama Veterans during the pandemic has remarkable. Over the last year, the partnerships formed are vital to the VA’s mission to provide high-quality care to more than 9 million Veterans.
Equally important, CAVHCS health care workers have been on the front lines battling coronavirus and went above and beyond to show their commitment to Veterans by donating to a worthy cause.
“Our inaugural and I hope annual Heroes Helping Heroes Food Drive has come to an outstanding end with CAVHCS having collected over 2,662 pounds of food for our Veterans,” said Health System Director Amir Farooqi.
CAVHCS made this event a friendly competition among the medical centers and our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics’ combined effort. Employees collected non-perishable food items high in fiber and low in sugar and sodium, like grains, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits.
“I’m filled with emotion as I think about how many of our Veterans in the community will be helped by this. Thank you all for donating to this very worthy cause. Their kindness and generosity is a big part of who we are as an organization, Farooqi said.”