Upper Peninsula Veterans Community Action Team (UP VCAT)
The Upper Peninsula Veterans Community Action Team (UP VCAT) includes over 200 collaborative partners from federal, state, and county agencies, as well as local nonprofits and other organizations, to create a “no wrong door” support network for veterans and families. Though service providers are geographically dispersed across 15 counties, collaboration enables each service provider to function as an entry point to connect veterans and families with direct services as well as resources available via partner organizations. From a total estimated veteran population of 26,643 within the 15 counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, more than 5,000 are experiencing food insecurity. With this BWF grant, UP VCAT will decrease hunger for at least 940 military/veteran households in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by providing shelf stable food and gift cards for food.