Volunteers feeding homeless veterans in “Operation Christmas Vittles”

Meals being prepared in Chicopee, will be delivered to Solder On in Leeds

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Volunteers are seen here in a WWLP file image from 2015 preparing dinner for "Operation Christmas Vittles" at the Moose Family Center in Chicopee.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – For the third year in a row, homeless veterans will be able to enjoy a holiday meal, thanks to the work of volunteers. Prep work was underway Monday at the Moose Family Center in Chicopee Monday, for “Operation Christmas Vittles.”

Volunteers put together a Christmas Dinner, which will be served to veterans who are staying at the Soldier On facility in Leeds.

Bob Price said he came up with idea three years ago, as a way to show veterans that the community cares about them.

“This event, Operation Christmas Vittles, lets them know that there are people in the community who want to help them and want to tell them one: ‘thank you,’ and two: ‘we’re here for you, keep up the fight,'” Price said.

Just in their first year, the volunteers behind “Operation Christmas Vittles” served a total of 160 veterans.