SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Democratic Committee has joined with the Foodbank Network of Somerset County to provide resources to veterans in the Community Hope Program on the campus of the VA Medical Center in Lyons.
Last week's outreach was organized by the committee’s Social Action Caucus, which is dedicated to providing aid for those in need across Somerset County. The initiative will continue for several months.
“Supporting the Somerset County Democratic Committee and its Social Action Caucus is a wonderful experience,” said Nancy D’Andrea, chair of the Bernards Township Democratic Committee. “We help support the Community Hope Program at the VA Hospital in Lyons by providing much-needed food to veterans that are trying to improve their lives. I live in the same town as the VA so I support them as much as I can. This group has some great volunteers and we partner with them to get the veterans what they need. I encourage others to sign up and help."
Patti, O’Byrne, chair of the Warren Township Democratic Committee who also participated in the outreach added “I didn't realize the need was so great for veterans right here in our county. By helping out today, we are thanking them for their service, and we're honoring the sacrifices these veterans have made for us and for our country."
Over 60 bags of food were packed, each bag intended for one veteran, and delivered to the VA Hospital in Lyons.
“It’s heartbreaking when we see those who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms struggle to hold down jobs and function effectively in society," said Marietta Carter, vice-chair of the Branchburg Democratic Committee. "I’m thrilled to participate in this effort to provide food to veterans who need our help.”