Alice veterans who need a little extra food will be able to get their hands on some groceries on Tuesday. An event organized by David Salinas, the Veterans Service Officer for Jim Wells County, and the Coastal Bend Food Bank, will provide those in need with boxes of food delivered drive through-style.
“I started (at his current position) here in April and I wanted to do something rather quickly that would directly impact our veterans,” said Salinas.
One of his first acts of business was to organize a “VA clinic on wheels." Called the Vet Center Mobile Unit, this clinic provides veterans with a point of access for healthcare and Veteran’s Affairs benefits along with an onsite counselor and health advisor.
“The main point of the Mobile Unit is so that our local vets don’t have to go into Corpus Christi for help. They can stay in their hometown,” said Salinas.
During the event on Tuesday, Salinas wants to make sure the local Veterans will be served first, but then is happy to open up the service to the public. The Coastal Bend Food Bank will be sending a large truck, which Salinas and other community volunteers will unload. Once the items are unloaded, the volunteers will sort them, putting a “little bit of everything” into a single-serve box.
The food distribution event will be held that the VFW Hall located at 2200 N. Texas Blvd.