561st Eng. Co. collects most cans during ‘Never Daunted, Never Hungry’ Food Drive

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Musuai Finley, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, helps a Hawaii Food Bank driver stack some of the cans her company collected during the “Never Daunted, Never Hungry” Food Drive.

Spc. Musuai Finley, 561st Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, helps a Hawaii Food Bank driver stack some of the cans her company collected during the “Never Daunted, Never Hungry” Food Drive.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — While many people are still finding creative ways to use up the turkey and mashed potato leftovers from their Christmas feasts, others are just grateful that the Soldiers in the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, made sure they had food on the table this holiday season.

The “Never Daunted, Never Hungry” Food Drive, collected canned food from Nov. 22-Dec. 20. The battalion donated 7,754 cans to the Hawaii Food Bank.

The 561st Eng. Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., collected the most number of cans, totaling 4,198. The company also had the largest percentage of cans donated per Soldier, averaging 26.5 cans for each service member. This was quite an impressive feat for a single company.

This was the first food drive for many of the battalion’s Soldiers, including Pfc. Zacahry Haulman, 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

Haulman said he was amazed by the number of households that would benefit from the cans he was carrying.

New findings published in Hunger in America 2010, showed that 183,500 people received emergency food service in Hawaii this past year – 55,050 of which were children.

These donations collected by the 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. will help to alleviate the burden of hunger shouldered by many Oahu locals.

Many of the people in need in Hawaii are forced to make very difficult decisions that drastically affect their daily lives.

For example, 28 percent of Hawaiian households have to choose between buying food and paying rent. Similarly, 19 percent of households must choose between paying for medical bills and paying for food.

The 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. was proud to help ease this burden, especially during the holidays, in the surrounding communities.

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