Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lauren Howes

Bremerton, Wash. – Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a food drive at the Bremerton Foodline food bank, May 11.

The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, was the first opportunity for Stennis to serve the Kitsap community since returning from an eight-month deployment.

“Being here today is a great way to give back and care for the community that cares for us,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Joe Hodge.

“We were really excited to see the Sailors come out for this event,” said Rachel Mcleod, operations supervisor for the Bremerton Foodline food bank. “Without them we would have been undermanned and not able to unload and sort the amount of donations during this event.”

During the food drive, approximately 60,000 pounds of canned and dried goods were collected and sorted to provide meals for approximately 4,000 families in Kitsap County. The non-perishable food items will be distributed to three local food banks in the area; the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul food bank and the Bremerton Foodline food bank.

“This is the biggest community event of the year,” said Mcleod. “Everyone from the volunteers, donors and postal workers gets involved in the food drive.”

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