Air Station donates nearly 600 pounds of food

12 Sep 2013 | Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort donated approximately 600 pounds of food in support of the 5th Annual Feds Feed Families Campaign to support ‘food insecure’ households in the local communities, June 1 - Aug. 28.

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 five years ago, federal workers have donated and collected 15.2 million pounds of food and other non-perishables to support families across America. 

The donated goods collected on the Air Station were 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 onto the tables 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 those that support us.”

The Air Station has already set high goals for next year’s campaign hoping to donate one pound per Marine, or an estimated 6,000 pounds of food.  

“We’ve seen in the Department of Defense that the spirit of giving is still with us," said Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the chairwoman for the DOD Feds Feed Families effort. "It’s alive and well across the department this year. On behalf of the people across this great nation, thank you for all that you have done.”