Our Military: 1% of the population defending the rest

Yes, it’s true.  No one deserves the title of the ‘One Percent’ more than our service men and women, both full-time and part-time (Reservists and National Guard), who voluntarily choose to sacrifice to serve and protect our country.  

However, when they took the oath to defend our country, they did not also take a vow of Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness, or Trauma Induced Mental Illness.  But all too often, that is what awaits them when they return home after a deployment, or even if they’re not deployed.   

WHY a Food Pantry just for our local military families?  Simple: the PRIDE of being a Soldier, Airman, Sailor, Marine, or  Coast Guard is strong in our veterans.  They don’t want to embarrass YOU by seeing THEM lining up for food; they don’t want you to wonder why those who support our country aren’t able to financially support themselves or their families.  Providing them with a place of their own for help preserves their dignity.

There’s another issue at stake for our Reservists and National Guardsmen, and why they also may need help.  Unfortunately, the possibility of deployment at a moment’s notice can make it very hard for them to get and keep the well-paying jobs they need to support themselves and their families.  Last hired, first fired is often the reality of  what our part-time military endures.

Therefore, now  it is OUR turn to support them!  How can you do this?

Simple, just visit our POSTS  and read about the challenges facing our military.   And then please consider DONATING to ‘I Support the 1%‘ as we work to lend a helping hand, through our Food Pantry just for them.

If you have any questions, or want to get more involved, CONTACT us with your emails and we’d be glad to get in touch with you.





19 thoughts on “Our Military: 1% of the population defending the rest”

  1. Hello, I am with Cub Scout Pack 3363. When we were out for the donation I asked about sweatshirts. We were just wondering if you have made any progress with that. We would love another way to support and get the word out and advertise for you! No rush, just inquiring! Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. I have a group of teens looking for a place to serve. Do you allow volunteers and do you have somewhere close to Lapeer? What an amazing organization.

    1. Amy, I haven’t looked at the website for awhile (as you can tell!), but I can connect you to the person who could best answer your question. Her name is Judy Adams and her number is 989-823-2078. Thank you!

  3. My husband is veteran he is 65.can he is the veteran food pantry.we struggle every month to put food on the table.My husband Rickey is also diabetes.and on disability We move here to Saginaw to be closer to VA doctor

    1. Theresa,
      I am so sorry for not responding sooner and wonder if you’ve made connections with the pantry yet? The VA is aware of us and sends many vets there. If you haven’t yet connected with us, please Call Judy Adams at 989-823-2078 between 10am and 4pm. You will have to leave a message but she will get back to you asap. please let me know what happens. Thanks!

    1. Mandy: no we do not have a drop off location in Grand Rapids yet. Our pantry is in Saginaw County, but we do assist veterans from all over Michigan. Our plan is to expand to other locations, but we are not there yet!

  4. Please check out your local Feeding America network food bank and seeing you can help. They have agencies that serve food to the hungry in your community every day-including veterans. As the daughter of a sailor who served in WW II and the mother of two Marines, these are my two passions combined because hungry and veteran should never be used in the same sentence.

    1. Hi, Jackie, Thanks for your comment! We have checked out our local food banks and don’t use them (at least not right now) because too much of the food they have is expired or close to expiring. We don’t want to give anything out to our veterans that’s not current with a decent shelf life. I will be going back to them to see if this still holds true and if it doesn’t will be happy to work with them.

  5. As President of the Montrose Lions Club, I would like to extend
    an invitation to you & your cause.Please contact me so you can share your mission with our club at our Jan. 27th dinner

  6. I would love to help you out. My husband served in the Air Force for 20 years, our son is serving in the
    air force Reserves, and our daughter was in the navy deployed in Iraq. I know that everyone needs a little help but are afraid to ask. Your organization sounds great. Unfortunately we live in California. Do you know of any food banks for veterans in CA
    I would love to make a donation to you. Hope it could help in a small way. Please let me know. Thanks, Sharon Conder.

    1. Hi, Mr. Davies! At this time, we do not have any location in Grand Rapids for a food drop off. However, we are looking at growing the Pantry to other locations for the need is great among our veterans. Please stay in touch. Thank you!

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