Coast Guard breaks record serving those in need

BALTIMORE - Members from Coast Guard units in Baltimore volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe, Md., Feb. 2, 2011. The volunteers packed more than 34,000 pounds of food that will be disturbed to Maryland families living below the poverty line. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

Coast Guard members volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe, Md. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Robert Brazzell.

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard broke the record for the most food packed within six hours at the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe, Md., Wednesday.

Members of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore packed 34,454 pounds of food within a six-hour timeframe, breaking the previous record of 26,900 pounds set by T. Rowe Price.

Fourteen members in the morning and 17 in the afternoon volunteered to assist the Maryland Food Bank by sorting and boxing food for low income families providing 30,000 meals to the community. Their efforts will go to facilitate programs such as Pantry On the Go, At Risk Supper and the Backpack Program.

“Without these volunteer efforts, the packaged food would not reach Marylanders in need,” said Chief Petty Officer Jeff Charlot, one of the volunteer coordinators for the event. “The heart of this kind of work is really part of what makes up the core of the Coast Guard. To see Coast Guard men and woman working together to improve our community is just another way we help save lives.”

Sector Baltimore members have been volunteering with the food bank since September.

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