Kern County Veterans Stand Down committee seeks help with this year's event

FILE -- The annual Kern County Veterans Stand Down is held Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Stramler Park in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern County Veterans Stand Down organizing committee is asking for help with food donations and preparation of the lunch.

More than 1,000 people are expected on Veterans Stand Down Day, Thursday, Oct. 12, at Stramler Park.

The Veterans Stand Down is a community service day benefiting homeless and at-risk veterans, according to the Kern County Veterans Stand Down.

The group needs help from volunteers to help serve those who are expected to attend.

“It isn’t very often that you can provide services to over 500 veterans in a single day, but the Kern County Veterans Stand Down does it every year,” said organizing committee co-chair Heather Kimmel via a press release.

“This year we were saddened by the loss of a long-standing committee member and a dear friend who has cooked and organized the lunch meal for the last eight years,” she said. “We are reaching out to the community to find a donor to fill this position and make sure our veterans in need receive a quality meal.”

Veterans will be the first to receive lunch, however volunteers will be be provided with lunch, as well.

The organizing committee requests the following:

  • Food preparers to have a food-safe permit and bring their own equipment. The park does have counter space, a sink with hot water, and two barbecue pits.
  • For those who are looking to donate food, Kimmel said, “Historically we have served deep pit beef, sourdough rolls, vinegar salad, and chili beans. However, we are open to other ideas if someone wants to donate.”

Those interested in giving back can contact Deb Johnson, president of California Veterans Assistance Foundation, at or (661) 873-4600, or Heather Kimmel, assistant executive director of the Housing Authority of the County of Kern, at or (661) 631-8500, ex. 2505, before Aug. 31.

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