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Cadet 2nd Class Jessica Wong gathers boxed goods to prepare a food package during the Air Force Academy Cadet Interfaith Council's volunteer effort at the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado Aug. 27, 2011. The Interfaith Council began the monthly volunteer project as part of its plan to participate in the White House's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Wong, one of the cadets on the Interfaith Council, is assigned to Cadet Squadron 18. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers)
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Academy to donate $1,200 to food bank

Posted 11/9/2011   Updated 11/10/2011 Email story   Print story


by Don Branum
Air Force Academy Public Affairs

11/9/2011 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force Academy chaplains and the Cadet Interfaith Council are scheduled to present a $1,200 check along with 125 cans of food to the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado at the food bank's site in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 12 between 1 and 3 p.m.

The donation comes from tithes and offerings gathered from the Catholic and Protestant communities, said Chaplain (Capt.) Shawn Menchion, one of the cadet chaplains.

"The cadets have been running a canned food drive since Parents Weekend," Menchion said. "It ended in September, but the Interfaith Council extended the drive another month."

Cadet 2nd Class Jessica Wong of Cadet Squadron 18 was the cadet in charge for the project.

"We've had a variety of people come out to help the few times that we've gone to the food bank," Wong said.

Drop boxes were placed in the Cadet Chapel, in the Oasis lounge and in each of the four cadet groups, Menchion said.

Five cadets and four Academy staff will attend the check and food presentation, Menchion said. More volunteers are welcome and may contact the chapel at 719-333-2636.

Wong said another food drive is planned for next semester. The outreach project began in August as part of the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which invites colleges to commit to at least one year of interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus.

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