Meals for Veterans Get an Upgrade

December 20, 2017 10:40 PM

Kern and Company announced they were bringing 4,000 Meals Ready to Eat to Northland veterans in need. But those meals got a big upgrade. Instead of the traditional looking MRE, they are now shelf-stable meal modules. Ryan Kern explains.

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"There was a timing issue, and getting the MREs here in time for the holidays. So we worked with a different distributor, and it's commercial food, food you can get at the grocery store. Each box is different," he said.

There are still 12 meals in each box. But there's a wide variety of things, instead of 12 of the same meal. "Now the veterans can mix and match," Kern added.

Different service groups were picking up the boxes on Wednesday at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. One of them was the Lake Superior Chapter of TREA, The Retired Enlisted Association. Those vets were going to start handing out the meals that same afternoon.

Blankets are also available for vets who need them.

" I can't think of a better present for men and women who've served our country, than food and warmth," Kern said.

Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Bong Center, added, "Getting them unloaded, there's no better feeling, because it's for a good cause. It's right before the holidays, and it really is all magic. It really turned out. We've already had people calling about when they can get them."

The cases of MREs will be available starting Thursday afternoon while supplies last at these locations:
Veterans Services office: 405 E Superior St., Suite 130
MACV: 5209 Ramsey St.
Vet Center: 4402 Haines Rd.
VFW: 2023 W Michigan St.
American Legion: 5814 Grand Ave.

Bong Veterans Center: 305 E 2nd St.

Veterans Services office: 307 S First St.. Suite 110

Veterans Services office (courthouse annex): 1814 E 14th Ave., Suite 101

Veterans Services office: 320 Miners Dr. E


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