Nassau Veterans Service Agency Opens New Food Pantry

The Nassau County Veterans Services Agency has started a new food pantry for veterans in need of canned food, toiletries and books.

The new venture was announced on March 10 by the VSA and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

Veterans can now visit the VSA at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q in East Meadow, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. All donations are welcome!

“My administration is committed to providing a better life for our veterans,” Mangano stated in a release. “Whether veterans are in need of benefit assistance, housing or canned food and toiletries, the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is here to help. If you serve, you deserve!”

The VSA advocates for hometown heroes and their dependents with the United States Veterans Administration, as well as New York State and Nassau County agencies. VSA counselors are available to educate veterans on programs and benefits in which they are entitled to, as well as assist individuals with financial and economic issues.

Nassau hosts a Veteran Stand Down twice a year along with United Veterans Organization, which provides free food, clothing and access to valuable services for veterans in need. This year’s events will be held on July 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion in Hempstead, and on Nov. 22 from 10-2 p.m. at a yet-to-be-determined location. The county will also host a POW-MIA Memorial Service in Eisenhower Park on Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. Immediately following the service, Mangano and the VSA will host 2,000 veterans at Nassau’s 6th Annual Veterans BBQ in Eisenhower Park.

For more information, call 516-572-6565.

Veterans in need of transportation to the VSA can call 516-572-6526.