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NJ HOSPITALITY & TOURISM

NJ HOSPITALITY & TOURISM

The Guy Fieri Foundation Fed 1,400 New Jersey Vets

Veterans and their families enjoyed good food and company .
Compiled by John Joseph Parker Contributing Editor

In an incredible weekend in New Jersey last month , the Guy Fieri Foundation fed more than 1,400 veterans and their families at VFW Post 2179 and VFW Post 2290 , and more than 400 meals to veterans living at the Gordon H . Mansfield Veterans Village in Tinton Falls and to Penrose One Thompson Veterans Affordable Apartments in Dover .

Community partners and supporters decorated both VFW Halls in patriotic red , white , and blue , and made sure the veterans were taken care of and served all day long . It was an exciting day to have these veterans come out and let them know they are not forgotten , and they are respected and loved . The Guy Fieri Foundation Founder , Guy Fieri , spent two days honoring and showing appreciation for their service and sacrifice . Volunteers from Suburban Propane , including President and CEO Michael Stivala , joined
Fieri and his team to show appreciation for and to provide handmade meals to veterans . Suburban Propane Partners , L . P ., a nationwide distributor of propane , renewable propane , fuel oil and related products and services , as well as a marketer of natural gas and electricity and investor in low carbon fuel alternatives , collaborated with the Guy Fieri Foundation to prep , cook and serve meals for the veterans .
In addition to volunteers from Suburban Propane and the Guy Fieri Foundation , New Jersey ’ s First Lady Tammy Murphy stopped by to lend a helping hand . Middletown , New Jersey Mayor Tony Perry also donated his time to serve the attending veterans . Former NFL stars Christian Peter and Rasheed Simmons were also in attendance .
This meaningful event is part of Suburban Propane ’ s “ SuburbanCares ” corporate initiative which supports philanthropic , community-based efforts across the company ’ s 42-state footprint in the United States .
Suburban Propane is dedicated to supporting U . S . veterans throughout the year through their “ Heroes Hired Here ” employment program , Veteran Buddy Program and offerings like a Military Relocation Allowance .
“ Throughout our more than 90-year history in our home state of New Jersey and beyond , supporting veterans has been a cornerstone of our mission at Suburban Propane ,” said Suburban Propane Spokesperson Nandini Sankara . “ We are honored and humbled to serve alongside Guy Fieri and his wonderful foundation staff and volunteers in support of their benevolent efforts using food , cooking and education to uplift and encourage our heroes and community members .”
In addition to the Guy Fieri Foundation and Suburban Propane , generous supporters of this event include : King ’ s Hawaiian ; U . S . Foods ; Feeding Our Heroes ; Chef Works ; Marcee Katz ; Stylized Events ; Ultimate Foods Inc .; Imperial Dade ; SoupKitchen411 ; TSTBBQ Country ; Zelis Productions ; NFL Alumni ; and VFW .
Guy Fieri poses with Suburban Propane President and CEO Michael Stivala at the Guy Fieri Foundation ’ s New Jersey event for veterans on Friday , April 1 , 2022 .
Photo : Suburban Propane
Suburban Propane collaborated with the Guy Fieri Foundation to feed 1,400 New Jersey veterans .
Photo : Guy Fieri Foundation
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