It was after Bill McCann took a Veteran to lunch at a VA cafeteria that he was inspired to start a charity for fighting Veteran hunger. He gave the Veteran a $50 gift card to buy groceries. The Veteran grabbed his hand and began to cry.
That “was the very second Vittles for Vets was born,” McCann said.
McCann, a Vietnam War Veteran, created Vittles for Vets to fight Veteran hunger. His charity provides $50 grocery gift cards to Veterans in need. In order to receive help, the needy Veterans must live below the federal poverty line, be free of alcohol and drugs, received an other than dishonorable discharge and be referred by a Veterans organization.
McCann exercises oversight of the Veterans’ receipts to ensure that the money is going towards healthy and nutritious food. Vittles for Vets is staffed by volunteers including his wife, his WWII-Veteran father-in-law, and others.
One of the challenges McCann has faced is simply getting the name out. He raises funds through mailings, information booths, and speaking engagements. In time, he hopes to expand the nonprofit to the point where he can give cards to 70 Veterans on a weekly basis. Nevertheless, he’d pledged that Vittles for Vets never turns a Veteran away due to a lack of funding.
McCann earned the 2019 Red Cross Military Hero Award as a result of his work with Vittles for Vets.
Thank you for your service, Bill McCann!
Writer: Nathan Giacalone
Editor: Michelle Cannon
Graphics: Kimber Garland