Businesses supporting veterans: A look at efforts around New Jersey

Hanover-based Suburban Propane recently collaborated with the Guy Fieri Foundation to prep, cook and serve over 1,200 meals for New Jersey’s veterans community.

Volunteers from Suburban Propane, including CEO Michael Stivala, were joined by the celebrity chef Guy Fieri to provide handmade meals to veterans onsite as well as to veterans living in shelters throughout the state. This effort took place April 1 at VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth and April 2 at VFW Post 2290 in Manville.

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Other efforts:

  • New Jersey Transit: All active-duty military personnel, veterans and reserve members of the military and national guard can ride the NJ Transit system free of charge from Wednesday through May 28.
  • NY Waterway: In honor of Fleet Week 2024, NY Waterway will provide free ferry rides for all military personnel and veterans from Wednesday through May 28. Veterans and service members simply need to present a valid veteran or military ID. NY Waterway provides ferries to the Midtown/West 39th Street Ferry Terminal, Brookfield Place/Battery Park and to Pier 11/Wall Street from several New Jersey terminals, including South Amboy, Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City and Edgewater.
  • Ocean State Job Lot: The discount retailer, with 153 stores across New England and the mid-Atlantic, announced that any customer who buys a Huffy children’s bike at any OSJL store for $100 and gives it back to the store as a donation to the children of a military family will get a $100 Crazy Deal Gift Card for free, to be used for a future purchase at any store. Ocean State Job Lot officials said they will work with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, USA Veterans and other veteran services to distribute the bikes to military families.
  • Starbucks: Throughout May, during Military Appreciation Month, Starbucks will donate $5 evenly split between Blue Star Families and Operation Gratitude from the sale of every military appreciation-themed e-gift to help support our service members and their families.
  • Verizon: Eligible military families can save up to $25 per month on myPlan with two or three lines, just by confirming ties to those industries through the IDme verification tool, then finishing their discount registration on Verizon’s website. This promotion is year-round.