Three veterans run the Jacksonville pantry

An Air Force, Navy and Navy veteran directs the Lord’s Pantry at Community Health Outreach.

From fighting for freedom to fighting hunger during the pandemic, three veterans are making a difference in Jacksonville on Veterans Day, every day.

Air Force Veteran Richard DuMiller, Navy Veteran Charles Green, and Navy Veteran Leroy Lallemand run the Lord’s Pantry at Community Health Outreach.

“We’ll try it out best,” said DuMiller. “We are out and about without food every day.”

“It’s an honor to work here,” said Lallemand. “You know you are doing something to help everyone.”

“We serve many veterans, men and women,” said Green. “They are coming through our line, they have gotten into tough times. This is an opportunity we can help them in everyday life.”

This year there are more people to serve. They feed more than twice as many families as they did before the pandemic.

“Now the face has changed,” said Green. “It could be anyone. It could be your neighbor. It could even be you.”

“It’s emotional at times,” added DuMiller. “There are a lot of people who deserve it.”

Securing the country the freedom to ensure no family goes hungry, these heroes swapped their military duffel bags for brown paper bags filled with food.

“If I had to do it all over again, I would,” said DuMiller.

The three say that on Veterans Day, they think of current service members, especially those overseas. They plan to go to the Veteran’s Memorial in Jacksonville.

If you’d like to help or get help from the pantry, learn more here.

THIS MORNING: We honor our #veterans! Introducing three Jacksonville vets who have transitioned from fighting for freedom to fighting hunger in their community. You run the Lord’s pantry. Check out #GMJ at 6:00 a.m. # VeteransDay2020

– Renata Di Gregorio (@RenataFCNews) November 11, 2020

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