New food pantry for vets opens in Riverhead

RIVERHEAD - A new food pantry targeting struggling military veterans opened its doors today in Riverhead.

John Lynch, the CEO of the Suffolk County United Veterans Project, teamed up with the Clubhouse of Suffolk Syntax Center, a mental health facility, to open the new Synergy Center.

Organizers say the food is what gets the veterans in the door. Once they're at the Synergy Center, there are a host of mental health services available for them, from psychiatric outpatient treatment to rehabilitations.

"We help people to reclaim their lives, go back to work, go back to school," says Michael Stoltz, director of the Clubhouse of Suffolk Syntax Center.

Island Harvest will help stock the shelves of the Synergy Center and the facility will be run by veterans.

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