CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Friday, the Soldiers' Angels, The Citadel and the Lowcountry Food Bank partnered to feed 200 veterans and their families in the Charleston area.
Soliders' Angels is a national nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
The organizers distribute food as part of the Soldier's Angels Hunger Relief Program.
Jerry Cable came through the mobile pantry. He says it's the first time he's been to an event like this.
"I spent a bunch of time in the Navy," Cable said "I seen this thing they offering me something so I slipped on out here," Cable said.
He's signed up to receive about 50 lbs of free food as part of the Veteran Mobile Food Pantry along with other local veterans.
"It makes me feel pretty good, it makes me feel our country ain't completely gone yet," Cable said.
Lorena Jordan is the VA Voluntary Site Coordinator for Soldiers' Angels in South Carolina.
"I just want to give back to those who have given all for me any way I can," Jordan said. "We love doing this, veterans definitely need our services."
Jordan says they packed about 800 bags of food to hand out today. The Lowcountry Food Bank provided the food that is funded by corporate sponsors and donations. Citadel Cadets and several volunteers including some from SCServes helped pass it out.
Bernetta Morton is a veteran who served in multiple capacities including the Army, administrative positions, an ROTC officer and an equal opportunity race relations officer.
"It's wonderful it just feels like it's coming right back and giving thanks to us for the service that we've done," Morton said. "It's been amazing for me to serve our country."
Harold Brown says he heard about the event from a flyer and he's glad he came across it.
"I think it's good, I'm on dialysis I say well I'm going to try it and see," Brown said. "It's much easier than I thought it was."
Each veteran went home with a variety of foods including produce, dry foods and meat. They were able to drive though the line, without getting out the car, while volunteers load their cars or bikes with food.
The food was served at the Citadel Altman Athletic Center from noon to 2 p.m.
This event will be monthly going forward from Friday's event. The next events will be Oct.19 and Nov.11 from noon to 2 p.m.