2016 Feds Feed Families campaign at AEDC a huge success

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  • By Peggy Proffitt
  • AEDC Personnel Division
The 2016 Feds Feed Families Campaign, an Air Force wide program that personnel at Arnold Air Force Base have participated in for the past five years, was a huge success this year.

Collecting 1,597 pounds of non-perishable food, personal hygiene and baby items enabled the base to donate more than 500 pounds to each of our three local Good Samaritan agencies.

Our team was excited and active this year as we executed our first “Can-Struction” project. We called it the “Help Us Finish the Flag” project and we were able to collect enough cans of soup and vegetables to build a replica of the U.S. flag and the words AEDC/USA in Café 100.

Our donations surpassed our goal of 1,500 pounds for the campaign, more than doubling our donations from the previous year. We have been able to maintain the spirit of giving back to our community through the Feds Feed Families Campaign. We coordinate with three local Good Samaritan agencies whose non-profit organizations serve the Tullahoma, Manchester and Decherd communities. There are so many families in our area in desperate need of assistance to provide even basic necessities to their children and families, and this program plays a vital role in providing food, school supplies, baby care items and personal hygiene items to those families.

On Aug. 31, we met with Pat Crosslin and Linda Frame of the Tullahoma Good Samaritan; Grace Thompson of the Decherd Good Samaritan; Fay Jones, Pantry Coordinator for the Manchester Good Samaritan; and Patrick Jourdan, Arnold AFB Commissary manager to distribute the items so generously donated by caring people at Arnold

Those of us working in the campaign would like to express our great appreciation to all those who gave donations to support this cause as well as to all the volunteers who helped make this year’s campaign a success.

As the point of contact for the Feds Feed Families Campaign at Arnold, I would like to recognize the team who helped to make the campaign a success this year. Kudos to Capt. Michael Davault, Capt. Jonathan Diaz, Becky Morris, Shannon Allen, Pamela Anderson, Cindy Young and Lalonnie Saltzman. We also appreciate the assistance and cooperation of Patrick Jourdan for allowing us to gather, weigh and store the donations in his warehouse facility at the Commissary until we could distribute at the end of the campaign.

For more information about the AEDC Feds Feeds Families campaign or if interested in volunteering next year, call 454-6867.