Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) – Navy and Department of Defense Personnel assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor celebrated donating over 6,500 food and supply items for the Feds Feed Families (FFF) program by having a potluck, Sept. 12.
The program was turned into a competition for the Commander Navy Region Northwest headquarters building to see which team could raise the most food from June 1 to the end of August.
“We may not have placed 1st in the region but considering our size the donation numbers were phenomenal,” said Read Adm. Jeffrey Ruth, Commander, Naval Region Northwest, from Key West, Fla. “The total weight of the supplies donated reached more than 160,000 pounds and that was only possible with your commitment to help our community.”
The spirit of competition between the teams led to high donations by everyone involved.
“I have been here since 2009 and this is the most food that I have ever seen donated,” said Chief Religious Program Specialist Andre Floyd, from Pomona, Calif. “The program is a great way for the country to give to each other and being able to help people who are struggling has seemed to raise morale of the people working in the building.”
The donations are given to the Bremerton Salvation Army to be distributed where the supplies will make the largest impact.
“Our mission is service, we have been in the area since 1920 helping the less fortunate,” said Major Jim Baker, of the Bremerton Salvation Army, from Walla Walla, Wash. “We cannot do this alone but it is possible to make an impact with your help and others. It is not a competition to help people, but a collaboration.”
During the summer months donation numbers start to recede but with this program it is possible to lessen the impact.