By Tonya Johnson
DCMA Public Affairs
On Sept. 13, 11 Defense Contract Management Agency employees helped to prepare 4,362 meals by volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank’s community kitchen. The employees are from DCMA Aircraft Propulsion Operations Kelly based in San Antonio, Texas. (DCMA photo by Christine Taylor)
Thayer Riley, who is a part of the Defense Contract Management Agency Aircraft Propulsion Operations Kelly team based in San Antonio, Texas, volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank with some of her colleagues on Sept. 13. The team made over 1,200 breakfast croissants. (DCMA photo by Christine Taylor)
Jaime Hernandez and Carlos Aldaco volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank’s community kitchen on Sept. 13. They are part of the Defense Contract Management Agency Aircraft Propulsion Operations Kelly team based in San Antonio, Texas. (DCMA photo by Christine Taylor)
Defense Contract Management Agency employees volunteer for numerous projects throughout the year to help others.
For example, DCMA Aircraft Propulsion Operations Kelly employees enjoy giving back to their community, especially helping local students.
As a team, the San Antonio office coordinated a “Feds Feed Families” community service project in honor of the 17th remembrance of the September 11th attacks. On Sept. 13, 11 team members helped to prepare 4,362 meals for pre-kindergarten students by volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank’s community kitchen.
“During this time, we remembered September 11th and all who rose to service in response to the attacks,” said Robert Lindberg, the APO’s director who also volunteered at the food bank. “While our efforts pale in comparison to those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during rescue attempts that day, and the men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice here and abroad to protect our country every day, it’s volunteer events like these that help us to step out of our schedules and look beyond ourselves to the needs around us and make a difference in our community.”
The DCMA employees’ work included layering cheese and egg patties in 1,254 croissants; preparing 200 salads; preparing chicken cranberry salad for 2,200 croissant sandwiches; inspecting hundreds of apples; and assembling French toast breadsticks.
“Our three hours of volunteer service made thousands of meals possible for the young children in San Antonio’s pre-kindergarten programs,” said Lindberg.
In addition to volunteering at the food bank, employees are donating canned food and other items such as peanut butter, cereal, rice, and beans. During last year’s “Feds Feed Families” food drive, employees donated more than 500 pounds of food and volunteered 40 hours.
“It’s a privilege working with my colleagues who like to give back, and I appreciate their support in helping the San Antonio Food Bank fight hunger,” said James Moore, the quality assurance supervisor at the contract management office, who also volunteered at the food bank.
Lindberg said community service allow employees to give back and build teamwork.
“These initiatives not only help others in need, but are also great ways to build teamwork and improve morale across our multi-functional offices,” said Lindberg. “Serving in our community displays a positive image of our agency to the public and allows us to give back in ways that truly make a difference.”
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