CHITTENANGO — Chobani awarded Clear Path for Veterans in Madison County a grant worth almost $70,000 to purchase a food trailer and serve hot meals to community veterans.
A total of $200,000 in grants was awarded to organizations across Madison, Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego counties, Chobani officials announced on Monday.
Clear Path for Veterans of Madison County was awarded a total $69,112.50, the announcement said.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clear Path for Veterans held a canteen lunch every Wednesday at its headquarters in Chittenango to help feed area veterans in need.
Chobani officials said the canteen luncheons provided not just a healthy meal to veterans, military members, and their families, but the canteen meals also providing opportunities for social engagement and offered opportunities for veterans to get additional services they might need.
Due to the increased demand as a result of the pandemic, Clear Path has been offering mobile canteens throughout the 23 counties it serves in New York state. A mobile canteen utilizes local American Legions, VFW’s, and other community meeting places that have food service capabilities to bring the canteen concept to veterans in different regions.
With the addition of the food trailer, Clear Path will be able to execute mobile canteens in areas where community resources may not be available or capable of holding a canteen.
Chobani officials said this will also allow Clear Path to reach a larger number of veterans in need of supportive services and programming along with providing a socially engaging activity through a healthy lunch.
This was made possible through Chobani’s Community Impact Fund, which debuted in 2018 with a $100,000 annual commitment to the region.
Last year, the grant total from the impact fund was doubled to $200,000.