Coast Guard members volunteer for annual food drive

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard members volunteered for an annual Alameda Scouting for Food Drive Saturday, November 16, 2013, to support the Alameda County Food Drive in Alameda, Calif.

Coast Guard members and families worked together with the Rotary Club, Alameda Elks Lodge, American Red Cross, Girl Scout troops and local college students to unpack and sort food donations to deliver to low-income families in Alameda.

“The city of Alameda is supportive of the Coast Guard and this is a great opportunity for us to give back to the community to say thank you,” said Cmdr. Peter Brady, the executive officer for Coast Guard Base Alameda. “We are able to build a strong relationship with our community partners to support their local efforts.”

Coast Guard members carry an assortment of canned foods at an annual Alameda Scouting for Food Drive in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, to support the Alameda County Food Drive. Coast Guard members worked with the local community to unpack and sort food donations to deliver to low-income families in Alameda. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

Coast Guard members carry an assortment of canned foods at an annual Alameda Scouting for Food Drive in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, to support the Alameda County Food Drive. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

Troy Gilbert, executive director for the food bank, said Coast Guard members frequently volunteer on a daily basis establishing a great working partnership.

“Coast Guard members are dedicated and smart,” Gilbert said. “Not only do they volunteer their time, but also assist in other aspects. They do client check-ins, technical work and logistics.”

This year will be the fourth event for Chief Petty Officer William Hurt, a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Base Alameda.

“Alameda embraces the Coast Guard and assisting the local food banks is a great way to give back,” Hurt said. “I always enjoy attending these events because you meet other Coast Guard members and are able to mingle with the local community.”

Yong Yuxie, a chairman for Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Berkeley, said it was her first time working closely with the Coast Guard.

“It’s nice to know people in the community come together to serve others and take time out of their day,” Yuxie said.

Seaman BreAnn Whiat, vice president for Coast Guardsmen for Responsible Decision Making (CGRD) attended the drive to represent a group within the Coast Guard who mentor and influence their peers at a junior level to promote good attitude.

“I am proud that CGRD representatives are able to come out today and exemplify the importance of service to others,” Whiat said. “It’s incredible to be surrounded by shipmates who support not only their co-workers but their local community.”

The food drive served 2,200 families last year and hopes to meet or better that number this year, said Gilbert the executive director.

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