DVIDS – News – NBVC fights hunger in the local community with a large donation to a food shelter

Ventura County, Calif. (NNS) – The Ventura County Naval Base (NBVC) leads the Navy’s Southwest region with this year’s contributions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual campaign. United (USDA) Feds Feed Families (FFF), raising 18,985 pounds of goods, donated to Food Share of Ventura County, August 31, 2021.

2021 marks the 12th annual government-wide volunteer food drive, which encourages employees in all federal departments and agencies to make in-kind contributions (food, services, and time) to food banks and pantries. This year’s campaign highlights a summer of giving from June through August, as well as seasonal reminders to give throughout the year.

“The NBVC FFF campaign was a record,” said Lt. Cmdr. Yoon Choi, chaplain, NBVC. “With the help of patrons, sailors, marines and tenant orders, the Seabee Chapel aboard NBVC, Port Hueneme, has donated nearly 19,000 pounds. of merchandise at Ventura County Food Share. “

Since the launch of Feds Feed Families in 2009, this campaign has raised over 99 million pounds of food for donations. In 2020 alone, federal employees donated more than £ 7 million.

“2021 has been such a success that we are already thinking about ways to improve and help the community,” Choi said. “We are looking to partner with the Commissary and Food Share to open our own pantry for serving members and dependents.”

Food Share distributes over 17 million pounds of food, or more than 20 million meals per year, through its 190 pantries and program partners. Food Share is a member of Feeding America, the largest nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger, as well as the California Association of Food Banks.

“We have been the Ventura County Regional Food Bank since 1978; providing food to over 140,000 hungry friends and neighbors every month, ”said Jennifer Caldwell, development manager, Food Share of Ventura County. “NBVC has contributed to our mission by donating over 15,000 pounds of food through the Feds Feed Families program. It is a great accomplishment; we appreciate their efforts and look forward to future engagements to serve the community.

In April 2009, the Under Secretary of Defense asked the Department of Defense to provide donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food banks in direct response to the “United We Serve” law signed by President Barack Obama. .

“It’s a great reminder that part of our mission includes community service,” said Captain Robert “Barr” Kimnach III, commanding officer of the NBVC. “Volunteering represents the core values ​​of the Navy of honor, courage and commitment. Each summer, this program demonstrates that the spirit of generosity and good will is strong in our ranks. Thanks to Chaplain Choi for leading the effort and thanks to everyone who participated. While the NBVC has produced some big numbers, it is important to recognize that all contributions, regardless of their size, help those in need. ”

NBVC is a multi-dominant mission facility that operates the world’s largest instrumented maritime range. NBVC is home to Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, San Nicolas Island, Laguna Peak, the Pacific Coast Seabees, Westcoast Hawkeyes, 3 War Centers and 80 tenants. It is Ventura County’s largest employer and actively protects California’s largest coastal wetlands through its award-winning environmental programs.

Date taken: 16.09.2021
Date posted: 16.09.2021 19:16
Story ID: 405457
Site: PORT HUENEME, California, United States

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