PLYMOUTH – Christopher Hart is out of breath and talking through a mask at the moment. The cars keep coming, and his own could use some gas.

He’s delivering groceries these days to veterans, but also to seniors who aren’t veterans and emergency workers who have been quarantined. Some don’t want to leave their homes for fear of catching the coronavirus; some can’t leave their homes.

Hart said Town Manager Melissa Arrighi has done a fabulous job coordinating a response. He was part of that response. He said she asked if his nonprofit, Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers, would step in and expand its reach beyond veterans to seniors in general. Hart said “yes,” without hesitation.

“Usually we only help out vets,” Hart said. “Now, we’re working with the senior center here and veterans services offices in Kingston and Plymouth to bring food to some people who are quarantined. They can’t leave the house, and some are first responders who are on watch.”

Many seniors suffer from underlying health issues, he said, and the simple fact of their age makes them much more vulnerable if they catch the virus. Some drive up to the Plymouth headquarters of Nathan Hale Outreach Centers at 116 Long Pond Road and open the trunk or the back seat door so Hart, in his mask and gloves, can carry the groceries to the car without touching anything. He’s also delivering free groceries to seniors who need them and can’t drive to the center. He noted that selfless volunteers like state Rep. Kathleen LaNatra, D-Kingston, are also delivering groceries from Nathan Hale. LaNatra is extraordinary and doesn’t want any recognition for doing what she’s doing to help - all the more reason to give it to her, Hart said.

“I’ve never felt so useful in all the years I’ve been doing this,” Hart said. “This is the time that people step up to the plate. At the risk of me getting sick I get to help a couple hundred seniors citizens get their food. The governor said we’re essential. We feel kind of special and we want to be there for our town. It’s very, very important.”

Those who donate food are also behind the front lines, as a supply train. The Boston Food Bank and local pantries have become even more essential in the crisis, and Hart and others urged the public to donate what they can. Hart said many veterans are beset with respiratory issues like asthma and chronic pulmonary disease, so getting these donated groceries to these people has never been so important. Not only are their immune systems compromised; their bank accounts are too.

“We went from going to the Boston Food Pantry every other week to going every week,” he said. “The VA is basically closed. Our drivers who used to drive veterans to the VA are now delivering groceries. We’re almost double in capacity as far as the food pantry goes.”

He and wife Diane Hart are also offering eggs and Easter candy to veterans and seniors who stop by Saturday at Three Harts Farm Veterans Growing Opportunities at 232 Beaver Dam Road for curbside pickup, he said.

Incorporated in 2006, Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers is a nonprofit organization committed to providing everything from free counseling and food to free rides to doctors appointments and a myriad of programs for veterans.

The coronavirus pandemic is hitting the vulnerable members of society the hardest, Hart said, so protecting these people has to be priority number one. He said he’s honored to do that, and is gratified to know that Arrighi understands this and calls him for whatever support his organization can offer. He said Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers will do anything to help.

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April 1, 2020 

We are sending along how we are helping our community during this period of isolation.

Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center

OPEN 10 -12 noon 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

  • We are picking up 600 pounds of fruits and vegetables from the Greater Boston Food Warehouse TODAY

  • Beginning today, no clients should leave their car when picking up groceries, we will come to the car with premade bags

  • Plymouth VSO Roxanne Whitbeck is assisting clients by delivering pre-made bags to veterans

  • Clients and people from the community are being served at the outreach center

  • We ARE accepting everyone who requests food

  • A staff member has been calling clients to do a "wellness check" on our frequent clients

  • We are working with SYSCO to retrieve groceries that they are donating

  • We are working with Duxbury and Plymouth pantries to share and exchange grocery items

  • We are working with the Plymouth Council On Aging to assist them with their MEALS ON WHEELS program

  • We are receiving premade sandwiches from a local restaurant for food deliveries to those in need

  • Many masks were donated to the outreach center and we will provide delivery clients with a mask until we run out

  • Sanitizing at the center goes on daily, no one but a volunteer touches the sign-in sheet, pen or door handles

  • All volunteers wear gloves and masks

  • 2,000+ pounds of more food on order to be picked up and then distributed Thursday by our driver

  • Transportation is ongoing as needed (VA appointments have been canceled by the VA, but SOME still are going as needed)

  • Utilizing additional refrigeration resources based at the Three Harts Farm to store frozen food and dairy items.

We will continue to serve our clients and citizens in our community in whatever way they need to the best if our abilities. If you know of anyone whom we could help, please let us know!

-- Chris and Diane Hart

COVID -19 - Nathan Hale Updates

Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center will continue transporting veterans (by appointments only ) to Brockton and JP/West Roxbury until the VA advises us differently.

Our Troops In Transit driver contacted the VA facilities and they are doing business as usual.

Call 508-224-0100 (911 for emergencies)


We temporarily closed the outreach center Monday to disinfect the office and common areas.
We will reopen Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 -12




Our office volunteers are over 60 years old, and we do not want to risk any chance of them getting sick.

NO MORE THAN FIVE people at a time will be allowed to use the food pantry.
Our food supplies are limited We anticipate restocking the pantry sometime next week.

Coffee Hours, Veterans Luncheons and all social gatherings at the outreach centers have been CANCELED until further notice or until the social gathering ban and state of emergency are lifted by the Governor.

Stay healthy. Stay safe.