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Local veterans christen new kitchen where vets eat free



All this chef needs is ingredients and he’s ready to get cooking. Photos courtesy of Kerbs Custom Photography.

All this chef needs is ingredients and he’s ready to get cooking. Photos courtesy of Kerbs Custom Photography.

VVA-1031 (Escondido/San Diego North County) helped host a spaghetti dinner to honor local vets and christen the new kitchen facilities at the VANC Resource Center in Oceanside.

On January 31, 2015, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1031 and the Veterans Association of North County (VANC) hosted a Spaghetti Dinner celebrating the completion of the newest piece of the VANC Resource Center – a state-of-the-art kitchen. The event was an overwhelming success with approximately 163 people attending. The criteria for the dinner was “veterans eat free & everyone else pays $5.” Through dinner sales and donations, more than $650 was realized from the event.

Chuck Atkinson, CEO/Founder of the VANC Resource Center, and Scott Wolf, President of VVA Chapter 1031, jointly collaborated on the event. Assisting with the preparation, serving, and cleanup included members of VVA Chapter 1031, VANC volunteers, American Legion Auxiliary, and John “the chef” without whose help we would have never discovered “the secret sauce recipe” that helped us feed 163 hungry visitors.

Since the new kitchen had no utensils/pots/pans/etc., VVA Chapter 1031 took the initiative and purchased approximately $700 worth of kitchen equipment to accomplish the cooking & serving of the spaghetti dinner. Afterwards, VVA Chapter 1031 formally donated all purchased kitchen equipment to Chuck Atkinson and the VANC Resource Center.

The VANC Resource Center is located at 1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA, 92058, and can be reached at 760-722-1277.

VVA Chapter 1031 can be reached at P.O. Box 2742, Escondido, CA 92033-2742.


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