Maria Quichocho had no idea there was a food drive at the commissary on Aug. 22 when she stopped by on her lunch break, but she threw some extra items in her basket to share with the Fort Hood community.

“When I have time, I’ll go and buy more,” said the spouse of a retired service member.

She was just one of the many to make a donation at the Clear Creek Commissary as part of the Feds Feed Families campaign, which encourages federal employees nationwide to donate to food banks.

During the community drop off day, about 7,000 pounds of food, toiletries and child care items were donated to help restock the Army Community Service food pantry, said Bridget Sanders. Fort Hood liaison for the federal campaign.

“We send donations to food pantries off post we know our soldiers and families go to to make sure they are taken care of as well,” Sanders said.

Fort Hood’s food pantry is available to anyone with a military identification card in need of help, she said.

“We get people who come in to request assistance and they say they didn’t realize we are here,” Sanders said. “A lot of people who donate off post are surprised to know we’re here.”

This is the second year in a row the community drop off day was held in August, a month when Sanders said the food pantry is hit hard.

“The main thing is people prepping their kids for school. They buy supplies and clothes and realize there’s no food to feed the family,” she said.

Members of Delta Company, 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, came together to donate 40.25 pounds of food.

“It’s a good thing to do,” said Sgt. Johnny Bernal, who organized the donation.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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