Eight Sailors assigned to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego donated their time to feed homeless veterans recently in San Diego.
The Sailors, four first class petty officers and four chief petty officers, lent a helping hand to a project held by Veterans Village of San Diego at their Seasonal Shelter.
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From left, Chief Logistics Specialist Michael Hill, Chief Logistics Specialist Makita Lewis, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Travin Harrell, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Leyna Pena, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Matthew Palafox, Logistics Specialist 1st Class Eric Jared, Logistics Specialist 1st Class Noah Capulong, and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Samuel Richards.
There, they helped set up tables and a buffet line and organize food and beverages before helping to feed more than 150 homeless veterans from the local community.
“We helped feed a lot of veterans, but we also got a chance to talk to them and hear what they had to say about their situations and what they need,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Matthew Palafox. “It was hard to hear what some of them were going through, but it was nice to be able to listen to them and relate to some of them regarding their military service.”
A local restaurant provided most of the food and gourmet coffee. Veterans were offered breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, a variety of fruits, and a fully stocked coffee bar.
“We felt a sense of camaraderie out there,” said Chief Logistics Specialist (SS) Michael Hill. “They enjoyed the food, and they responded well to the active duty members helping them out because we could understand each other on a different level. They expressed a lot of gratitude and, for me, it was very inspiring.”
By Candice Villarreal; NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Corporate Communications