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American Veteran Newspaper is duly registered with the State of Florida Division of Consumer Services.

A copy of the registration and financial information about AVN may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free:
1-800-435-7352.

Registration does not imply endorsement, appoval, or recommendation by the State of Florida. Our registration number is: C H - 8 7 2 5.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2016

Happy Holidays



"THANKS FOR GIVING" THIS THANKSGIVING 2016

Thanks for Giving 2016



THANKSGIVING UPDATE 2016

THERE WILL BE NO FOOD DISTRIBUTION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016. INSTEAD, WE ARE INVITING ALL VETERANS ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS TO JOIN US IN CONJUNCTION WITH VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA FOR A THANKSGIVING FEAST. THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

THE AMERICAN VETERAN FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL RESUME DISTRIBUTION OF THANKSGIVING TURKEYS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD FROM 12:00 PM TILL 3:00 PM.

WE WILL ALSO BE PASSING OUT HOT READY TO EAT THANKSGIVING MEALS LATER THAT EVENING FROM 6:00 PM TILL 8:00 PM TO ANYONE WHO MAY NOT HAVE PLANS FOR A FAMILY DINNER THE NEXT DAY.

WE AT THE AMERICAN VETERAN FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE THANKSGIVING.


"THANKS FOR GIVING" THIS THANKSGIVING 2016

News Release
Nov 17, 2016 - Thanks to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Woodbury, Santiago & Correoso, P.A., Publix Supermarket, AMVETS, Sysco South Florida and many other sponsors and supporters, the American Veteran Food Assistance Program and the countless Veterans they serve throughout the year will have a gracious Thanksgiving.

The "Thanks for Giving" campaign will allow The American Veteran Food Assistance Program the opportunity to serve hundreds of American Veterans and their families this upcoming holiday. Turkeys or hams and food baskets will be handed out on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 from 12:00pm till 3:00pm (in rear of building) directly from our location at 1464 West Flagler Street.

On that same day from 6:00pm till 9:00pm we will be handing out hot Thanksgiving meals to outpatient Veterans referred by the Miami VA Medical Center and volunteer's will also be delivering these meals to our homebound Veterans.

All American Veterans referred from the VA Medical Center and VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans (MVAHS) will receive a Thanksgiving turkey or ham and food basket. The VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans is next door to our organization. This will assure that all Thanksgiving items are handed out to our Veterans in need. We will be serving a hot Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings prepared and supported by the Volunteers of America (also next door to our organization), and will all take place right at our location. We are hoping to feed as many as several hundred Veterans and their family members, as space permits.

Mr. Stephen P. Smith, Executive Director of the American Veteran Food Assistance Program said "we are still short of food and funds". We always accept food, in-kind and monetary donations at any time as a not-for-profit, direct service community based organization. The organization on a monthly average feeds 450 to 500 Veterans. These figures are certifiable. Thanks to the Veteran Administration Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Farm Share and Feeding South Florida.

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program is a federally tax exempt 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1978. We function as a front line service organization for all of our American Veterans and their families. We are Miami-Dade county's largest Veteran feeding organization



Miami VA partners with American Veteran Newspaper Inc. Food Assistance Program to Feed Veterans

News Release
September 1, 2016 - MIAMI, FL - With the current economy, food pantries are experiencing shortages of food to provide to hungry families. Recognizing this need, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts an annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive. This gives Federal employees the opportunity to donate non-perishable food items to help stock local food pantries. Last year, over 5 million pounds of food was collected government-wide to assist families in need!

The campaign which began June 1st will run until August 31st, 2016. The Miami VA Healthcare System is participating in this campaign to assist the Department of Veterans Affairs goal of collecting non-perishable goods. All donations are greatly appreciated. Federal employees nationwide are stepping up to meet this challenge.

The Miami VAHS has partnered with The American Veteran Newspaper, Inc. Food Assistance Program as part of the Feds Feed Families Food Drive for the last 6 years now. The American Veteran Newspaper Inc. Food Assistance Program is a non-profit corporation that was created to serve our American Veterans. A local food pantry that has provided food since 1993 to our veterans. The organization distributes food to any one who faces food insecurity issues, and ensures that Veterans and their families in need of food do not go hungry.

For more information, please contact, Stephen P. Smith Executive Director American Veteran Newspaper, Food At-786-306-1304, info@americanveterannewspaper.org,or Ray Chaney, MSHS Assistant to the Director at 305-575-7000 extension 7741 or via email at ray.chaney@va.gov. The local champions can provide you with the location of collection sites.

Please help us support this worthy endeavor. Thank you for your support and participation in this year's campaign. With your help, local food pantries can ensure that families in your area in need of food do not go hungry. We hope you'll join us!

In Partnership
Miami, FL-Miami VA Medical Center from Lt to Rt Mr. James Carter Acting Assoc. Director VA, Mr. Stephen P. Smith Executive Director American Veteran Food Assistance Mr. Ray Chaney, Supervisor of Program Analysis, and Mr.Donnie Hawes, Logistics Services Supervisor.



Veteran's Appreciation Day

News Release
August 22, 2016 - MIAMI, FL - On August 17, 2016 the American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program, POW-CDI, AMVETS, Department of Veterans Affairs HCHV (Health Care for Homeless Veterans) and The Volunteers of America serviced over 182 Homeless and transitional American Veterans.

This also allowed our Veterans the opportunity for employment, Healthcare, educational opportunities and most inportant outreach.

The location is 1464 West Flagler Street Miami, FL 33135. We are in the middle building of the Department of Veterans Affairs-Health Care For Homeless Veterans and The Volunteers of America. All services for agencies are in the rear of the building.

Veteran's Appreciation Day



Hunger Awareness Month 2016

News Release
August 2016 - Dear Supporters and Sponsors:

September is our National Hunger Action Month when the American Veteran Food Assistance Program along with other local food pantries asks everyone in our community to take action to fight hunger, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more local Americans than ever before. Whether its food, funds, your time or your voice by raising awareness; there are many ways to give. Together we can solve hunger! "United we Stand, Divided we Fall"

We have doubled down on our fundraising efforts and are, once again still struggling with the overflow of returning homeless veterans. So we are calling on all Corporate Supporters and Individual Sponsors to help us make the month of September the first step in hunger relief!

Please remember, we are a non-profit, federally tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization that is funded primarily by donors such as yourself, that provide money, time and in kind donations. Without you we cannot accomplish such a worthwhile cause.

We are thanking you in advance for your contributions. And thank you for all your continued support.

In Partnership



MEMORIAL DAY 2015: IN THE LAND OF PLENTY " PLENTY OF US ARE HUNGRY" - NO REFERRAL NEEDED

News Release
May 1, 2015 - MIAMI, FL - In partnership with the American Legion Post # 29, Farm Share, and many others the American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program will offer a mass food distribution to anyone who has a food insecurity issue in Miami Dade County (No referral needed for this event). Last year, (above photo) the event fed over 724 Veterans, their families, and others low income individuals. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program is a frontline service since 1993. The event is for anyone living in Miami Dade County. Stephen Smith, Executive Director, stated this is a "bold move" but the event will spearhead greater upward mobility for those in need and will not create a disincentive to work. Food scarcity is not the problem "food distribution is". This will assist in our plight to completely end hunger and food insecurity issues in our community. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program has been the first choice for anyone with food insecurity issues in our local community for a very long time.

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program knows that most alliances, coalitions and service provider agencies are bristling the practice of thinking it's relevant to keep doing the same thing. This is the biggest problem in ending Hunger and Homelessness in the community. No one asks the client's for a return, input or willingness to give back to the community. The give and take is a broken and dysfunctional system.

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program has always been a leader for ending hunger and homelessness, and is unequated to any other agency in the community. Knowledge is the currency of the program. The collective learning (trade craft) and information collected from Federal agencies, local, state, clients, case managers, social service workers, community based organizations, and local non-profits, over the past 2 decades, has given the agency a wealth of knowledge and information. This vast amount of knowledge commands us to "operate out of the box". The dissemination of this knowledge has been distributed to the right leaders throughout the nation giving the American Veteran Food Assistance Program a best model for ending hunger. The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a lead role in ending homelessness altogether nationally. There are many other lead organizations that are preparing this same or similar process in an effort to end hunger and homelessness in their own communities.

The organization has full cooperation from the community, small businesses, corporate, and local food banks. General hours of distribution are; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00pm till 3:00pm by referral only. The organization is headquartered in the Miami Legion building Post # 29, 6445 N.E 7th Avenue, Second floor, Miami, Florida 33138. Email us at info@americanveterannewspaper.org for a "How to refer clients to our pantry document." The agencies will be notified by U.S. mail for the acceptance process.

Location:
American Legion Post # 29
6445 N.E. 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33138

Date: May 22, 2015
Time: 10:00am till 1:00pm




What Food Distribution Looks Like 2014-2015

Our American Veterans receiving food from the American Veteran Food Assistance Program.




















The Give Miami Day

Give Miami Day
Give Miami Day is a unique, 24 hour online giving event that allows individuals in our community an opportunity to build a greater Miami by making a charitable gift to a local nonprofit.

Give Miami Day will take place Thursday, November 20, 2014 and gifts can be made by using a debit or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) or through a donor advised fund at The Miami Foundation. Each gift is 100% tax-deductible to the donor and the gift is made for the unrestricted use of the selected charity. $25 is the minimum gift accepted and there is no maximum gift amount or maximum.

The American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program has participated in this county-wide event. We are a Miami Dade County non-profit organization and have been serving Veterans and those individuals and families struggling with food insecurity and homelessness in our community for the past two decades. We are asking for your support and invite you to become a donor and help us better serve our community.

As a donor, you may choose to donate too many non-profits on November 20th, but we ask that you review our profile, examine our work, and ultimately chose to help us continue to serve those who have so honorably served us, our American Veterans.

For more information about American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program please call (305) 867-6060 or go online at http://www.americanveterannewspaper.org/

To donate directly: Call (305) 867-6060 or mail donations to:
American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program
PO Box 403512
Miami Beach, FL 33140




A Gentle Reminder to Give

Feeding the Hungry
This is what it looks like preparing food boxes for our American Veterans and others in the community. Please remember to give.



Grand Distribution - American Veteran Food Assistance Program

Feeding the Hungry
April 2014 - MIAMI, FL - With the current struggling economy, our veterans and others are experiencing shortages of food, and food insecurity issues more than ever. Recognizing this, the American Veteran Food Assistance Program along with the support from "Farm Share" will conduct a mass food distribution of 500 units of food. This will also give the agency recognition on its grand opening for its second food pantry. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program is a non-profit corporation that was created to serve our American Veterans. We are a local food pantry that has provided food since 1993 to our veterans. The organization distributes food to any one who faces food insecurity issues, and ensures that veterans and their families in need of food do not go hungry.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6445 N.E. 7th Avenue, Miami, Fl (American Legion Post: 29) between 10: AM and 1: PM. Please help us support this worthy endeavor. Thank you for your support and participation in this year's event. With your help, our food pantries can ensure that families in your area in need of food do not go hungry. This will slow down the process of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in our community. All American Veteran Food Assistance Program referral agencies are strongly recommended to participate. No referral form is required for this day. We hope you'll join us!

In Partnership



Recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture

USDA



Ending Hunger in our Community Can Be Done

February 24, 2014 - Miami, FL - Thanks to the American Red Cross and The American Legion Post # 29, the American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program frontline services has opened another food pantry. This new site will be a premier food pantry for anyone living in Miami Dade County operated by Veterans with Veterans preference. Stephen Smith, the Executive Director, stated that this is a "bold move" but the site's system will spearhead greater upward mobility for those in need and will not create a disincentive to work. Food scarcity is not the problem "food distribution is". The second agency will assist in our plight to completely end hunger and food insecurity issues in our community. The agency will allow a total of 25 new selected service providers to participate and refer clients. The American Veteran Food Assistance Program is the first choice for anyone with food insecurity issues in our local community. Both locations will be in operation simultaneously.

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program knows that most alliances, coalitions and service provider agencies are bristling the practice of thinking it's relevant to keep doing the same thing. This is the biggest problem in ending Hunger and Homelessness in the community. No one asks the client's for a return, input or willingness to give back to the community. The give and take is a broken and dysfunctional system.

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program has always been a leader for ending hunger and homelessness, and is unequated to any other agency in the community. Knowledge is the currency of the program. The collective learning (trade craft) and information collected from Federal agencies, local, state, clients, case managers, social service workers, community based organizations, and local non-profits, over these past 2 decades, has given the agency a wealth of knowledge and information. This vast amount of knowledge commands us to "operate out of the box." The dissemination of this knowledge has been distributed to the right leaders throughout the nation giving the American Veteran Food Assistance Program a best model for ending hunger. The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a lead role in ending homelessness altogether nationally. There are many other lead organizations that are preparing this same or similar process in an effort to end hunger and homelessness in their own communities.

The American Veteran Food Assistance Program has full cooperation from the community, small business, corporate, and the local Food Banks. The agency has been asked by the state to register with Access Florida, it's under consideration. The hours of distribution are; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00pm till 3:00pm by referral only. Both pantries will be open by March 4, 2014. If your client needs a referral please call Switch Board of Miami at 211. All agencies may email us at info@americanveterannewspaper.org for a "How to refer clients to our office document." The selected agencies will be notified by U.S. mail for the acceptance process.

A very special Thanks goes out to the following that assisted The American Veteran Newspaper, Inc Food Assistance Program. The First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack United States Department of Agriculture, Acting Deputy Assistance Secretary Ms. Heidi Sheaffer, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs Director, Mr. Paul M. Russo, and the many others.



Recognition from The White House

Michele Obama



Helping Homeless Veterans - 2013 in Review

This year so far The American Veteran Newspaper, Inc. Food Assistance Program has served over 7000 Families, Transitional, Homeless and homeless Veterans. These figures are USDA certifiable. The demand for food is growing very rapidly. We need help from the community.

The photos are Veterans receiving food from our office. They are referred by the Miami Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Hud-VA Supported Housing Program (HUD-VASH), and Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. This also includes the Broward VA Homeless system. The agency also accepts all Switchboard/Children Trust Service from both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and many others service providers.

Helping Homeless Veterans 2013



2013 Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution for American Veterans

Miami, FL - The American Veteran Newspaper is happy to report that we were able to assist the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3559, AMVETS Post 1939, Volunteers of America, and The Miami VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Outreach. These were the primary agencies for distribution of hot Thanksgiving meals and Thanksgiving turkeys to our American Veterans. The American Veteran Newspaper Food Assistance Program would like to give a very special thanks to; the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, FarmShare, The Miami Heat, The Miami Dolphins, Feeding South Florida and the VFW Post 3559 for their contributions.

Distribution of hot meals and turkeys were given to;
St. Michael's Camillus - 33 hot meals
Chapman Center HAC (South) - 10 hot meals
Volunteers of America - 33 hot meals and 50 frozen turkeys
VA Medical Center-Miami - 60 hot meals
Salvation Army Shelter - 100 hot meals
Carrfour Harding Village-Miami Beach - 20 hot meals
Broward County VA Homeless Clinic - 50 frozen turkeys
Miami Rescues Mission - 5 thanksgiving food vouchers
Miami Dolphins - 20 hot meals vouchers
AMVETS Post 1939 - 50 frozen turkeys
VFW Post 3559 - 25 frozen turkeys and 35 hot meals
VA HealthCare For Homeless Veterans - 50 turkeys, 30 hot meals, and 16 groceries boxes
American Veteran Food Assistance Program - 100 frozen turkeys and 180 groceries boxes

Keeping the promise to those who have served our country



Miami VA partners once again with American Veteran Newspaper Inc. Food Assistance Program to feed Veterans

MIAMI, FL - With the current economy, food banks and food pantries are experiencing shortages of food to provide to hungry families. Recognizing this need, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts an annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive. This gives Federal employees the opportunity to donate non-perishable food items to help stock local food banks and pantries. Last year, over 5 million pounds of food was collected government-wide to assist families in need!

The campaign which began June 1st will run until August 31st, 2013. The Miami VA Healthcare System is participating in this campaign to assist the Department of Veterans Affairs goal of collecting at least 230,000 pounds of non-perishable goods. All donations are greatly appreciated. Federal employees nationwide are stepping up to meet this challenge.

The Miami VAHS has partnered again with The American Veteran Newspaper, Inc. Food Assistance Program as part of the Feds Feed Families Food Drive. The American Veteran Newspaper Inc. Food Assistance Program is a non-profit corporation that was created to serve our American Veterans. A local food pantry that has provided food since 1993 to our veterans. The organization distributes food to any one who faces food insecurity issues, and ensures that Veterans and their families in need of food do not go hungry.

For more information, please contact our Local Champions, Stephen P. Smith Executive Director American Veteran Newspaper, Inc Food Assistance Program at 305-867-6060, info@americanveterannewspaper.org,or Richard Melendez at 305-575-7000 extension 6356 or via email at richard.melendez@va.gov. The local champions can provide you with the location of collection sites.

Please help us support this worthy endeavor. Thank you for your support and participation in this year's campaign. With your help, local food banks and food pantries can ensure that families in your area in need of food do not go hungry. We hope you'll join us!

DISCLAIMER: American Veteran Newspaper, Inc Food Assistance Program is a non-profit corporation created to serve the Veterans. A private enterprise not affiliated with the VA or any other governmental agency

More information is available at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=feds-feed-families


Veterans Offer Compelling Stories At Miami Outreach Event

Miami Herald, March 16, 2013 Click here for the full story



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