Trailer loaded with 70,000 meals for veterans reported stolen

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LENEXA, Kan. — Lenexa Police were called on Veteran’s Day to investigate the theft of a trailer loaded with enough food to feed approximately 70,000 veterans.

The theft occurred outside the W. 108th Street office of Friends in Service of Heroes (FISH) sometime between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday afternoon when the organization’s president returned from a busy day of Veteran’s Day ceremonies.

There were 12,100 packages marked “Cheesy Rice and Vegetables” that were set to be delivered to veterans at Kansas City’s VA Medical Center on November 21.

“It’s going to hurt, whatever food was going to be left over we were planning on taking to Whiteman Air Force Base on November 23rd for one of our Heroes Dinners,” FISH President Paul Chapa said.

Friends in Service of Heroes  donates everything from track chairs to service dogs to veterans, but FISH got its start a few years  at a food industry executive dinner for heroes.

“We have found over the years that feeding our troops means a lot to them. It’s a great way just to get to know them and find out what some of their other needs might be,” Chapa said.

The five by eight foot trailer was unmarked. Chapa said the thieves likely had no idea what was inside. He hopes they didn’t realize who they were stealing from, but now asks they, “bring the trailer back, bring the food back do the right thing.”

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News