Sailors serving at Navy Supply Systems (NAVSUP) Command Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego spent the morning feeding the homeless May 2, at a local shelter and day center in downtown San Diego.
NAVSUP FLC San Diego Sailors handed out more than 400 sack lunches containing sandwiches, snacks and beverages to the patrons of the Neil Good Day Center, an East Village facility offering the area’s homeless medical, counseling and legal assistance services in addition to showers, laundry facilities and a computer lab.
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(left to right) LS1 Martiz Johnson, EM1 Les Bennett, LS1 Lakeya Little, ASCS Kirk Klawitter, and Army SFC Michelle Kuckert vest time in feeding homeless in the San Diego area on May 2.
“This was a great opportunity to do something nice for our brothers and sisters in the city who are maybe a little down on their luck,” said LS1(SW/AW) Ostar Alexis. “San Diego’s Navy presence isn’t just about having our bases and ships here. It’s also about being able to go out into the community and help where we can, to show our neighbors that, hey, there’s a huge sense of service to others that comes with being a Sailor.”
NAVSUP FLC San Diego chiefs and first class petty officers spearheaded the project, coordinating with the center, donating ingredients, assembling the sack lunches and delivering them to the city’s homeless.
“It’s not easy out here,” said a homeless Army veteran who identified himself under the alias Shane Sharps. “You know, we’re hungry, we’re maybe a little dirty, and a lot of us don’t want to be here. People look at you scared, like you’re an alien.”
“And then these folks come in toting boxes of sandwiches and stuff and they’re talking to you like a real person, sharing stories with you about their service and all that,” he added. “That’s better than the food. That’s all we want sometimes.”
The command organized the lunch as part of a community outreach emphasis in phase one of CPO 365, a reshaped leadership program instituted by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike Stevens.
By Candice Villarreal, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Public Affairs