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SkillsUSA Collecting Donations for Feed Our Vets

The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA will host a Food and Personal Care Item Drive to benefit Feed Our Vets during the month of February.

From February 1-28, students in the Career and Technical Education Center will be collecting donations of both non-perishable food items and personal care items that will be provided to local veterans in need. Last year, CTEC students and staff members collected a total of 6,814 items that were donated to Feed Our Vets.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, SkillsUSA will be unable to go classroom-to-classroom collecting donations this year, and will instead arrange pick-up after student dismissals. SkillsUSA will award the class that collects the most notations with a prize.

Suggested food items for donation include:

  • Baked beans

  • Boxed potatoes

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned pasta/canned ravioli

  • Cereal

  • Gift cards for grocery stores (such as Wal-Mart)

  • Jelly

  • Pancake mix and syrup

  • Pasta

  • Pasta sauce

  • Peanut butter

  • Ramen noodles

  • Rice-A-Roni

  • Soups

  • Tuna

Feed Our Vets is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger. Since 2008, Feed Our Vets has provided free food assistance to more than 29,000 veterans and their family members, distributing 2,062,091 lbs. of food, nationally.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. It is a nonprofit national education association serving middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens, providing every member the opportunity for career success.