Mid-South Food Bank, The Fresh Market partner to provide meals for veterans at Alpha Omega House

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A local non-profit organization called Alpha Omega Veterans Services is getting a little gourmet help for the military veterans it serves.

Thanks to the Mid-South Food Bank and The Fresh Market,  veterans will get nutritious meals seven days a week.

Friday morning, the Mid-South Food Bank delivered boxes of mouth-watering meals to Alpha Omega Veterans Services in Midtown.

"Pizza, chicken, salads and breads and cakes and pastry," said Chef Melvin Williams.

The gourmet meals look fresh because they're donated by The Fresh Market on Union Avenue.

The specialty grocery just opened for business and prepares its deli items daily.

It's partnering with the food bank to make sure nutritious meals aren't thrown away, but instead feed the need in our community.

"In the end, it's going to be great food for the veterans. And we need to do everything we can to support our veterans," said Bob Fritchey, Food Resource Manager with Mid-South Food Bank.

The food donation is a dream come true for Williams, Alpha Omega's chef.

Williams has to cook three meals a day, plus snacks, for at least 20 veterans living at the transitional house on Madison Avenue.

"Well, I was overwhelmed with the varieties of meats and breads and just everything. You've got sandwiches and everything I can use from lunch to dinner," said Williams.

Alpha Omega is a non-profit charitable organization serving homeless and disabled military veterans in the Mid-South.

"Our job is to just make them whole again and a part of society and back with their families and re-contributing as human beings, normal human beings," said Cordell Walker, the executive director.

The extra help will save Alpha Omega money that it needs to provide critical services for veterans like Morris Rubin of Memphis.

"This place is different. I been in other facilities, but I came here and they provided everything for me," said Rubin.

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc., which has six facilities in the Memphis area, has received food donations from the Mid-South Food Bank for 27 years.


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