Elaine Fowler (left) and Amber Hudson (right)
Amber Hudson, President
Since August 2012, Amber Hudson has volunteered 24/7 to make M.A.S.H Pantry and Resource Center (Military and Service Heroes) successful. Amber, a Navy veteran started the food pantry because of her dedication to honoring our heroes. M.A.S.H opened May 30, 2015 and is sharing space with Victorious Living Christian Center (Grove City, Ohio) thanks to Representative Cheryl Grossman and Pastor Ed Akers. The pantry has outreach events, food drives and resources in Franklin County, Delaware County, Union County, and Pickaway County to educate the veterans as to what benefits they are eligible to receive.
Amber says that she has personally had many hardships in her life, however, she has made it through the storm and back. “Everyone goes through their own kind of struggle, but it is how you move forward and live your life from the experience. To make the Pantry possible, I pawned my Jeep Wrangler and jewelry for the initial filing fee application to receive non-profit status. Since then, I have experienced the joy in helping my fellow veterans in need. This has become my mission in life and I can only hope I make a difference.”
Elaine Fowler, Vice President
As a teenager living in Columbus, Ohio, Elaine fell in love with helping the elderly while volunteering at St. Raphel's Home for the Aged. After spending time with the elderly there, Elaine became their extended family giving her a deep sense of purpose. Through her experiences at St. Raphel's, she developed a true passion for helping others. Her father, Russell Knotts, also had a big impact on Elaine since he was a WWII Veteran in the 82nd Airborne with honors. Elaine always wanted to pay it forward. So, when the opportunity presented itself to assist her daughter, Amber Hudson, with the Military and Service Heroes' Pantry (M.A.S.H. Pantry), Elaine realized it was the perfect fit for her. Elaine volunteers as the Vice President of M.A.S.H Pantry thus helping our Heroes including her daughter, Amber, a Navy veteran herself.