Manchester Walgreens accepting food donations for vets; will provide health screenings, breakfast Saturday

The Manchester Walgreens store, 806 McArthur St., is currently accepting food donations for veter-ans that will be donated to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and The Fisher House in Murfreesboro. Pictured are Walgreens assistant manager Rebecca French and manager Trey Gooch. Donations will be accepted through Friday, May 1. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

The Manchester Walgreens, in conjunction with other Walgreens stores in the area, is participating in an event to benefit the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Fisher House of Murfreesboro that will culminate in an omelet breakfast and health screenings Saturday, May 2. Walgreens stores in Manchester, Tullahoma, Decherd and McMinnville currently have food drop boxes

The Manchester Walgreens store, 806 McArthur St., is currently accepting food donations for veter-ans that will be donated to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and The Fisher House in Murfreesboro. Pictured are Walgreens assistant manager Rebecca French and manager Trey Gooch. Donations will be accepted through Friday, May 1. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

in their stores to donate to the organizations to be used throughout the year. The Manchester Walgreens is located at 806 McArthur St. “Last year we were able to fully stock the entire closets at the Fisher House and the VFW,” said Rebecca French, assistant manager of the Manchester Walgreens. Walgreens will also host an event from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 2 at the VFW 4188 located at 707 S. Polk St. in Tullahoma. Workers will provide health screenings for veterans and their spouses, cook for an omelet bar and provide bags with daily necessities. “Any veterans who are wanting to have any blood tests done that morning I suggest that they fast from 9 p.m. the night before. Then of course we will feed them there,” said Manchester Walgreens manager Trey Gooch. This year’s menu includes an omelet bar and fresh-cut fruits. “The employees will be cooking and helping the veterans. They will all have stations. And we will be giving out door prizes to the veterans who come,” said French. On hand will be staff to check blood sugar and blood pressure and staff will also be able to check BMI for veterans who want that done. “Last year we did a pancake breakfast and had a really positive turnout,” said French. Anyone wishing to help can leave a food donation at the Manchester Walgreens.