Fort Hunter Liggett soldiers deliver more than 1,500 pounds of food, a record for the local Army installation, to the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County in Marina on Nov. 19. (Contributed Photo)

JOLON — Fort Hunter Liggett once again conducted an annual food drive to support the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County (VTC), donating more than 1,500 pounds of food this year.

“It gives me great pleasure to give back the community, especially to the local veterans,” said Col. Lisa Lamb, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison FHL. “I am so very proud of the installation’s record-breaking generosity to support veterans in need.”

All the donations came from those living and working on the post, located near Jolon in South Monterey County, throughout October and November. The food was delivered by garrison and TASS Training Center soldiers on Nov. 19.

VTC’s mission is to “empower veterans to transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.” Since 1996, the nonprofit has operated on the old Fort Ord complex in Marina to provide homeless veterans and their families with food, clothing, case management, life skills, substance abuse counseling, benefit enrollment, medical referrals, employment training and housing.

VTC Executive Director Kurt Schake provided a tour of the facility and a brief on the nonprofit’s mission to Lamb and the soldiers present during last month’s delivery.

“With the holidays upon us, providing food to our veterans and their families is of utmost importance to everyone,” FHL wrote on social media afterward. “These donations from the community help the VTC reach their goals.”

Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County members gather with Fort Hunter Liggett soldiers after providing a tour of the facility during last month’s delivery. (Contributed Photo)
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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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