News: Fightertown feeds families
Story by Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C.- The 6th Annual Feds Feed Families Campaign began June 18, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
The campaign, which runs through August, is a voluntary effort undertaken by federal employees to bring nonperishable food items to their offices for distribution to local food banks. The food is used to support food insecure households in the surrounding communities. Donation boxes are located at the Marine Corps Exchanges on MCAS Beaufort and Laurel Bay and the Station Chapel.
This year the Department of the Navy’s goal is to collect one pound of food or goods per active duty service member. Last year, Fightertown service members and civilians collected and donated 559 pounds of food and other non-perishable items.
The donated goods collected on the Air Station will be brought to the Lowcountry Food Bank in Yemassee. From there the food gets distributed to 52 local agencies in Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties, finding its way into the homes of Americans in need.
“The Marine Corps likes to work hand-in-hand with the local communities,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Chouinard, the Marine Corps Community Services officer for MCAS Beaufort. “The Feds Feed Families Campaign serves as a way for our Marines and sailors to support and thank those that support us. It is our way of reminding them that we are here for them.”
Across America, an estimated 50 million people, or one in six Americans, struggle and face the realities of hunger every day. Since the campaign began six years ago, federal workers have donated and collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishables, such as hygiene items, to support families across America.