Mission BBQ and veteran volunteers help to feed Roanoke’s homeless veterans

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Mission BBQ fed homeless veterans at AMVETS Post 40 on Tazewell Avenue in southeast Roanoke Thursday. FRAME (Family Readiness and Military Ease) was also there to help hand out the prepared meals.

The parking lot of AMVETS Post 40 was used for drive-thru and walk-thru meal pick-ups. This allowed for plenty of social distancing.

Michael Fries, the Judge Advocate at AMVETS Post 40, says they were more than happy to loan their space to Mission BBQ and FRAME to help feed those in need. 

“It looks like we’re going to be able to feed between 75 and 100 or more. Last time, I think we fed 115,” Fries said.

The AMVETS Post 40 also allowed for socially distanced indoor eating.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Mission BBQ couldn’t be a part of many momentous occasions last year since many of the events were canceled.

However, that didn’t stop Mission BBQ from feeding local military veterans and first responders.

“It’s definitely been a struggle but we’re not slowing down and we’re not going to stop with our mission,” said Heather Chocklett, Community Ambassador with Mission BBQ. “We’re not going to stop giving back to those who bravely protect serve and save our community.”

For the entire month of March, Mission BBQ will continue to feed area firefighters and first responders.

This year, AMVETS is planning to hold its feeding homeless vets event during the last week of April.

Mission BBQ will also be giving out free sandwiches to Vietnam Veterans starting on March 29, which is known as “National Vietnam War Veterans Day.” This day marks the start of U.S. troops returning home from the Vietnam War.

FRAME is an organization that was created to assist the military and their families. They act as a support system to local veterans who need someone to talk.

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