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Featured Partner: VEAP

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VEAP: Meeting Basic Needs. Building Stronger Communities.
"I know firsthand that VEAP is a place that offers help and hope," says Rick Rector of Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP). Rick is a champion at inspiring his co-workers to give back through VEAP, an organization that provides a range of services to help low-income people meet immediate needs and reach long-term stability.

Rick says his approach is simple: "Let's do a food drive and have some fun at the same time."

VEAP's hundreds of volunteers work in the food pantry and warehouse, perform administrative duties, greet clients, transport the elderly to medical appointments, plan special events -- the list goes on. With incentives like wearing jeans to work and catered lunches, Rick's team of co-workers collected more than 18,000 items in their first back to school drive and 800 pounds of food in a period of just a couple months. Rick's boss appreciates the positive impact his efforts have had on the company, improving overall morale among employees.

But Rick's VEAP story began long before the food drives. When the perfect storm of divorce and unemployment hit Rick a number of years ago, he struggled to meet the needs of his family. Then he saw a poster for VEAP.

Holiday Food Days

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The holiday season is upon us! For some individuals and families, that means extra spending MP900422726[1].jpgfor gifts, food, and entertainment. This extra spending can be burdensome for many as it is often beyond their usual spending. Unfortunately, many find themselves with additional debt at the end of the holiday season.

Just as with gifts, preparing special and traditional holiday food can be costly and push an individual or family beyond their typical spending. Mary Jo Katras, Extension Educator for Building Healthy and Strong Families, shares the following ideas.

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