Monthly Food and Supply Drive this Saturday (Every 3rd Saturday)

Sep 16, 16 Monthly Food and Supply Drive this Saturday (Every 3rd Saturday)

The food pantry is almost bare!!

Not only is our pantry running low but so are the pantries we stock at other locations for Veterans in need!


So this Saturday September 17th we will be collecting the following:

Canned food, boxed food, frozen foods!!

We can accept boxes, cans, fresh and frozen foods.

Also this month we are in need of supermarket gift cards as well as gift cards for stores such as Walmart of Kmart. We have a few Veteran families in desperate need of a few things after dealing with tragic events this month.


What’s Needed…………

BOTGNY maintains food pantries that feeds hundreds of vets

(between our location and other pantries we supply)

Canned foods, such as soups, meals in a can, chef boy r dee, Chili.

Cans / packets of tuna fish, turkey, chicken, fruit, etc

Frozen Foods- (we have 3 freezers and 2 fridges)

Pasta and sauce, Mac and cheese. Rice dishes.

Boxed foods, cereals, carbs, breakfast bars, etc

Anything to help make easy to cook meals

Coffee, (cans and k-cups)

Snacks, (individual packets).


BOTGNY ships care package items twice a month to troops overseas,

Beef jerky, trail mix, Coffee K cups, snacks, baby wipes, Toiletries, drink mixes, etc


BOTGNY also supply Veterans in hospitals and inpatient programs with supplies they need,

toiletries, phone cards, clothing (new packages of socks/sweats/t-shirt’s/underwear)


Our Operation Turkey Drop 2016 will begin in October.

Last year we collected over 400 frozen turkeys, but this year it’s just not all turkey

We need sides, fixings, we like to also hand off 20-25 pounds of groceries along with each turkey, so that means we need you help in organizing food collections to gather cans, boxes and frozen foods

There will be multiple dates/times between October 15th and Thanksgiving for dropping off food supplies


Please always consider buying a few extra items when there is a sale to help out those that have served for us. Supermarket gift cards are also greatly appreciated; they allow the Veterans we assist to go food shopping for their families.


The Third Saturday of each month is our monthly all day collection drive. The VAC is open from 1000-1500 for collections of food, toiletries, items for care packages, and also for pots/pans, dishes/glasses, microwaves, coffee pots, toaster ovens, etc. for Veterans that have recently transitioned from shelters into stable housing.


The first & third Saturday’s are also both volunteer days for our Veteran Support Program with assist Veterans transitioning into housing by furnishing their apartments. The trailer team usually rolls about between 0900-0930 on these Saturday mornings (there will be no VSP on October 1st)



Please check out Facebook page for what volunteer effort may be needed.


If your unable to drop items off but wish to contribute you can do so securely at


If you’re a Veteran in need of food

Veterans / Military and their families should never be hungry! Put aside the humbleness and call us for a delivery to your house. Our Food pantry is also available also at group meetings.

Call Boots on the Ground NY at 631-615-2200 or visit our website for more info. Our food pantry is stocked by the goodness and generosity of the community.


Please don’t forget out Veteran peer activity night every Tuesday evening.

“Where Veterans Come Together”


Please help us spread the word to all Veterans, there is a place to go. You can feel free to vent, laugh, break bread, and utilize the pantry. Anything said in the VAC stays in the VAC. Sometimes you just need to be around other Veterans.

No paperwork, no fees, no membership.

Doors open at 1900 hrs,

Chow, snacks, refreshments & food all available

This is a Veteran & Service member evening only.

Check our Facebook page to see what the weekly activities are.



Our Veteran Support Program:

As some of you know we assist Veterans in HUD VASH programs. These are Veterans who have the VA assisting them with getting housing after a time of being classified as homeless. Upon receiving a referral from the VA caseworker we respond with home furnishings of necessity, new mattresses and food. Mattresses are bought and paid for either by BOTGNY or by donors and furniture comes through donations from the community that are in very good shape. The basics we supply are dressers, beds, living room sets and dining sets. We also supply the basic kitchen needs: microwaves, coffee makers, pots/pan, dishes, etc.


To make a furniture donation pledge, please use the form on our website ( ) and use the links under contact us. Small kitchen items can be brought to the VAC on the 3rd Saturday of each month (1000-1500hrs.) when we have our monthly food collection drive. We do not store furniture at the VAC and those items can be pre-arranged to be picked up of dropped off at one of our storage locations. Our Trailer crew only goes on the road about 3 times a month for picking up and making deliveries. We will also have a monthly drop off location and time for furniture at our Babylon storage facility for furniture.

We are always in need of Volunteer to assist with furniture pickups and deliveries, reach out to us if interested. Teams go out on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.


Please do not drop off collection items at the VAC during the week. The VAC is not occupied during the day unless for private appointments and weeknights are reserved for Veteran support groups.


The VAC (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.


To make a donation please use

Or mail to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713


Please view our website or Facebook for VAC schedule of support groups for Veterans.


Thank You.

Frank Bania

Boots on the Ground NY

“Leaving No Veteran Behind”



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