LCVFSF Fights Veteran Hunger with the Help of
AbbVie and The Bob Woodruff Foundation
Even before Covid began taking its toll, food insecurity challenged many Veterans and their loved ones. Covid-related financial pressures have made it even harder for some to put enough food on the table. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, food insecurity among Veterans is nearly twice that of the general population.
Seeing the need, North Chicago-based AbbVie recently worked with Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation to raise money to fund food purchases and to distribute these funds to feed hungry Veterans and their loved ones. AbbVie employees raised $10,667 through personal contributions. AbbVie matched these contributions up to a certain level, which meant that together, the company and its employees raised $15,650.
Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation used the AbbVie funds to purchase grocery gift cards that have been distributed to local Veterans through Catholic Charities’ Veteran Employment Program, Veterans Path to Hope and Midwest Veterans Closet.
LCVFSF also has worked with The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) in its efforts to fight Veteran hunger. A BWF grant enabled the purchase of food and microwave ovens which have been given to a local Veterans organization serving the homeless and those recently moved into housing.
“We thank both AbbVie and The Bob Woodruff Foundation for their generosity,” said Paul Baffico, LCVFSF founder and president. “Because of these funds, we’re making a difference in Veteran hunger one Veteran at a time.”