Elaine Fowler (left) and Amber Hudson (right)
Amber Hudson, Founder & 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 soon established an Outreach Program offering Free fresh produce to our local heroes around the Columbus Metropolitan Area and surrounding counties, as well as, events, food drives and resources in Franklin County, Delaware County, Union County, and Pickaway County.
In August 2016, the SECOND Pantry was established: 73rd TFAC Region 6 M.A.S.H at Rickenbacker ANGB. The pantry would cater to Military families associated with Rickenbacker ANGB. July 2018, the THIRD Pantry was established: M.A.S.H. Pantry at DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus). Catering to the Military families and Veterans associated with DSCC. February 2019, the FOURTH Pantry was established: M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center Delaware. Ohio.
In addition to dedicating her time to starting the pantry locations, Amber started the PEER Support meetings for Veterans and First Responders, September 2017. Concentrating on PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc. For more details please click here.
The success of M.A.S.H. has been due to an amazing support system, Elaine Fowler, Vice President; Ralph Smith, Treasurer; our Board of Directors; and our amazing Volunteers over the years. Without a strong foundation, we would not have had the opportunity to expand M.A.S.H.
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, however, 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 believe we are making a difference - one Veteran at a time.”
Elaine Fowler, Co-Founder & 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.
Ralph Smith, Treasurer
Jackie L. Collins II Esq. (Collins Law Office, LLC., Hilliard, Ohio)
Jackie grew up in an agricultural community in Northwest Ohio. Graduating High School in a class of only 65 people, this small community enabled Jackie to experience the hardships of both his and other families. One of those hardships was watching loved ones lose everything they worked their entire lives for when an unexpected illness struck.
Jackie left Northwest Ohio to attend The Ohio State University and its Army ROTC program. He graduated from OSU and was commissioned an Officer in the United States Army, Field Artillery in December 2003.
After six years serving as an Officer in the United States Army, he attended Capital University Law School and then was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Jackie chose Elder Law, VA Benefits and Estate Planning so he could continue to serve his community. Joining MASH Food Pantry and Resource Center is a way Jackie feels like he can give back to his community and other Veterans.
He now lives with his wife and three daughters in Hilliard, Ohio.