ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - One million meals have been distributed to New York Veterans through a partnership between the state and HelloFresh.

According to the governor's office, the partnership was started to combat food insecurity that was made worse during the pandemic. HelloFresh and New York State began the "Veterans Feeding Veterans" initiative in June 2020.

"Throughout the pandemic, New Yorkers rose to the occasion and stepped up to help our most vulnerable, including our veterans and their families, during unprecedented circumstances," Governor Hochul said. "We thank HelloFresh for this continuing partnership, which helps combat food insecurity and ensures those who served our great State and Nation are able to access fresh and healthy foods on a consistent basis."

"We owe our veterans and military families a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "Through this partnership with HelloFresh, we will continue to address food insecurity facing veterans and service families during the holiday season and beyond. It was an honor to join friends and local veterans at the headquarters for Campaign Against Hunger today to celebrate the program's success and to kick off its next chapter."

The governor's office says that veterans and military families face food insecurity at twice the rate of the general public.

HelloFresh says they are committed to funding the program through 2023.