News: Yes, you can! Two DIA employees show the way!
Story by Joseph P Cirone
WASHINGTON – You can help the hungry; the people less fortunate than you. You can make a positive impact for DOD on the people in the National Capital Region’s most needy neighborhoods.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB); its mission partners, military, civilian and contracted personnel and families continue participation in the Feds Feed Families food drive. The drive ends Aug. 31.
With just two weeks left of the food drive, two Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) personnel at JBAB have led the way, setting an example and single handily contributing more than 700 pounds of food to help the hungry.
DIA’s “Bernie W.” personally donated 410 pounds of food and “Jo L.” donated more than 300 pounds of food, according to a DIA spokesperson.
Donating is easy. Just $8.75 can purchase nine pounds of nonperishable food at JBAB’s Commissary, operated by the Defense Commissary Agency (DECA). The food is prepackaged specifically for the food drive and for the convenience of customers who wish to donate to the drive, according to Linda Elliott, store manager.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Express at JBAB sells canned food, including fruits, meats, fish and vegetables – all items badly needed.
Grocery stores off base frequently have sales on the items the food drive is collecting: canned fruit; vegetables and proteins, including fish, chicken, beans and peanut butter; grains and cereals; soups, snacks and condiments; juice, paper products and hygiene items.
Just one can of food per person who lives or works at JBAB can make a huge difference and help feed JBAB’s neighbors who need the help most. Contributing to the food drive shows that military personnel, employees, contractors and their families care.
With DECA leading the way with its prepackaged food drive offering, JBAB and its other mission partners make it convenient to contribute as well.
During the last week, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC) and the JBAB Military Family Support Center (MFSC) established collection box locations at JBAB.
Food Bank collection boxes are also located on base at the AAFES Exchange; AAFES Express; DECA Commissary; the White House Communications Agency; Navy Ceremonial Guard; Air Force Departmental Publishing Office and Commander, Navy Installations Command Fleet and Family Readiness; DIA; DECA; Air Force 579th Medical Group; JBAB Public Works, Headquarters Building and Religious Services Chapels; JBAB Unaccompanied Housing locations (Funari Hall, Blanchard Hall and the Air Force Honor Guard barracks) Air Force 11th Operations Group; Lincoln Military Housing’s Bellevue Housing and Hunt Companies’ Bolling Housing Community Centers.
The enthusiasm of JBAB personnel and its mission partners in supporting the food drive and establishing food collection boxes throughout the base to make it easy for food and household item donors is contagious and evident.
JBAB School Liaison, Maryanna Bond and two JADOC personnel requested collection boxes within minutes after a meeting where the food drive effort was briefly mentioned. The boxes were installed at the MFSC and JADOC the following day.
Stephanie Harris, Assistant Community Director for the Hunt Companies’ Bolling Housing community, said, “We definitely welcome the boxes.” Her boss, Community Director Christy Rutan, added, “We will be happy to participate and keep a box at our Community Center.”
“We would be honored to participate in the food drive,” said Drew Trapnell, district manager for Lincoln Military Housing’s Bellevue community.
“We are always happy to support this food drive,” Veronica Reese, AAFES Exchange store manager, explained (happily).