DE National Guard Fights Hunger

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Staff Sgt. Nathan Bright, Staff Sgt. Brian Ford, and Airman 1st Class Sharon Dominguez from the 166th Airlift Wing volunteer their time at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Officer Candidate Wendy McDougall/Released)
Staff Sgt. Nathan Bright, Staff Sgt. Brian Ford, and Airman 1st Class Sharon Dominguez from the 166th Airlift Wing volunteer their time at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Officer Candidate Wendy McDougall/Released)

Delaware National Guard exceeds donation goal for the Food Bank of Delaware The Delaware National Guard wrapped up its 2014 “War on Hunger” campaign with a record amount of food donations – more than 17,000 pounds. The War on Hunger is an initiative where Soldiers and Airmen around the state are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at any of the Guard’s armories. All items collected are donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.

The six-year partnership between the Guard and the Food Bank of Delaware is unique, as it runs year-round. Recently, the program has expanded from donations of non-perishable food items to financial donations and Soldiers and Airmen volunteering their time. “Soldiers and Airmen reached deep to care for members of our community who don’t have the staples of life,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard.

“I am truly honored to serve with all of them.” The partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware began in November of 2009. Since its inception, the Delaware National Guard’s “War on Hunger” resulted in approximately 75,000 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank.

“It is important for our Soldiers, Airmen and their families to contribute to their community in various ways,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Miller, State Command Sgt. Maj., Delaware National Guard. “Contributions of Guardsmen in reaching this goal reinforces that Americans have trusted the right people to look out for the state and nation.”