We’ve all seen the long lines of cars and people waiting for food relief.  But we don’t tend to think that members of the military are among those suffering from not having enough food.

Yet even before COVID-19, food insecurity challenged many service members and loved ones.  COVID-19-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, Lake Bluff-based Abbvie is working with Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation (LCVFSF) to raise money to alliviate critical food insecurities.

“Most relief efforts take the form of people bringing in cans, boxes and other forms of bulk food and produce,” said LCVFSF Veteran Peer Specialist, Dean Adams.  “The current campaign is about raising money that will buy food.  We’re developing a solution from a different angle.”  With the critical partnership of Abbvie Pharmaceutical and LCVFSF, the drive has created a fundraising page, https://give.lcvetsfoundation.org/feedvets.  The campaign is asking The Employee Resource Group (ERG) of Abbvie as well as the members of the community to donate to the fund in order to feed service member families (active, reserve, guard and Veterans) families of Lake and McHenry Counties.

Abbvie executive Jeff Cercy is a leader of the Abbvie Veterans ERG.  Thanks to his untiring efforts, this community drive is taking place.

“Our Veteran ERG has more than 600 employee members,” Cercy said.  “We sent an announcement describing the donation opportunity with a link to the funding page. We reminded employees that Abbvie will match donations up to a certain limit.”  Cercy added that many employees have shared the donation link with family and friends, regardless of location.

As previously mentioned, one hundred percent of funds raised will be used to buy food for Veteran organizations throughout Lake and McHenry counties.

“The need for food, especially during the hard times CCOVID-19 has brought, is significant for Veterans and their families,” Cercy said.  “We are happy to partner with LCVFSF in this important effort.”

The campaign intends to raise several thousand dollars and will run until April 30.  For more information, go to https://lcvetsfoundation.org/ or call 847-986-4622.