Giving back

Photo of Coast Guard personnel volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A Cleveland Foodbank cook supervises as Coast Guard volunteers prepare meals at the Foodbank. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

Coast Guard employees in Cleveland spent a recent Monday afternoon giving back to their community and getting to know each other a little better when they volunteered their time at the Cleveland Foodbank Nov. 28.

The group of 20 active-duty and civilian Coast Guard employees worked for four hours in the kitchen and repacking area of the Foodbank by helping to prepare and pack hot and cold meals for the roughly 7,500 people the Foodbank’s kitchen feeds on a daily basis.

“With only six full-time cooks, we really depend on the volunteers and appreciate their help,” said Lead Cook Susan Jacklitch.

The Coast Guardsmen laughed and joked as they shared their pasts, reasons for joining the service and sea stories with each other while preparing hundreds of trays of turkey-and-cheese sandwiches and chicken dinners.

“I drive by the Foodbank everyday while commuting to and from work but I’ve never been in,” said Chief Petty Officer Aaron Jenkins. “This was a great opportunity to serve the community and give back.”

Photo of Coast Guard volunteers at the Cleveland Foodbank

Active-duty and civilian Coast Guard employees gather for a group photo after volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

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