Post Air Force students gather more than 800 pounds of food for charity Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 October 2017
Story and photo by Valerie Collins
GUIDON volunteer

Fort Leonard Wood Air Force Detachment students turned a friendly competition into a collective effort to support a local food bank.

Airmen 1st Class Ruth Matta Thomas, proposed an idea to her leadership to create a competitive food drive. Thomas said they decided to have classes collect food over a two-week period. The class with the most donations would receive a day off from physical training.
Students gather and sort food prior to dropping it off at an area food bank Monday.

Master Sgt. Jared Keller said the food was originally collected to support hurricane relief efforts, but logistically it just could not happen. The students decided that the local food banks could use the food just as well.

Maj. Scott Wallace said the competition started out slow until he gave the students a half-day on Sept. 29 so leadership could attend a meeting. He admits he never expected what happened next.

During the time off, Airman 1st Class Angela Schnedler, rallied the students and got them together to go purchase food and bring it back to the student area.

“It was mind-blowing to come back (from the meeting) and see all these students who could have been off doing anything on their day off but instead  they used the time to do good for the  community,” Wallace said.

Wallace pointed to four boxes sitting on the floor, each one a different color. He said those boxes were the expectation and he admits he never expected to see them filled up. Instead, the classes came together to collect an estimated 800 pounds of food.

“I knew our Airmen could do it because when somebody is in need they always step up to the plate and make sure they go above and beyond. We strive for excellence in everything we do and this is definitely proof of excellence,” Thomas said.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 )