News: Canning Hunger: Units and organizations collecting for annual food drive
Story by Kristen Wong
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay - Marine Corps Base Hawaii is joining various organizations around the nation to support the annual Feds Feed Families food drive, which started in June and runs until Aug. 31.
Federal agencies nationwide are encouraged to help replenish local food banks during slower, summer months.
This is the fourth annual Feds Feed Families drive, spearheaded by the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, Office of Personnel Management, Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
All food must be nonperishable, and will be given to the Hawaii Food Bank, according to Chaplain Robert Crabb, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay command chaplain, and a member of the religious ministry team for the base command religious program. The foods most highly in demand are canned meats, canned tuna, canned meals, canned fruits and vegetables.
The Base Chapel is the lead coordinator for MCB Hawaii’s part
in the food drive. Among those participating on base is Marine Corps
Air Station, Kaneohe Bay. The unit has four separate containers in which they will be collecting donations until the end of August.
Master Sgt. Richard Quinata, the operations chief for MCAS, is coordinating the collection for the unit. Although there is no set goal for how many pounds of food, Quinata said the goal is ultimately to do “what we can to feed the families.”
“I would definitely like to thank Chaplain Crabb for his efforts to support our community,” Quinata said. “I know giving back to the community will eventually lead to the community giving back to the military. A great circle of aloha. I am also a part of the Guam Club in Hawaii assisting the military transition with our community, our everyday involvement with volunteers services, outreach programs and events proves to the community that we are all ohana, and we can live and have fun together.”
MCAS has a container located at Hangar 105, at the Aircraft, Rescue and Firefighting building, at the Air Traffic Control building, and the unit’s supply building.
Cub Scout Troop 225 made up of sons of MCB Hawaii service members, is also participating in Feds Feed Families.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tony Bieren, the cubmaster of Cub Scouts Troop 225, said on Aug. 5, from noon to 3 p.m., more than a dozen scouts will be collecting food donations in front of the commissary on base. Each scout will be handing out cards for commissary customers containing a list of the most needed nonperishable foods.
“Our community gives us a lot,” Bieren said. “It’s our chance to give back to the community.”
Bieren adds that it’s a much easier volunteer effort for these young scouts than labor-intensive activities such as weed removal.
Crabb said personnel at the chapel plan to transport collected food to the food bank every Thursday until the end of August. He said last year the chapel and other participants on base collected more than 3,000 pounds of food, and are hoping for more this year.
“If we [collect more than] 4,000 pounds of food, I will be happy,” Crabb said.
Feds Feed Families began with United We Serve, a campaign created under President Barack Obama. For more information about Feds Feed Families, visit http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov. For more information about MCAS food collection, call Quinata at 257-2845.