Indian Head and Dahlgren rise to challenge, donate over 15 tons of food
The military and civilian workforce at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head and NSF Dahlgren put a serious dent in the food needs both on and off the installations as part of the Feds Feed Families campaign. No less than 31,239 pounds of food were collected from commands across the two bases during the three-week long initiative, which not only feeds needy members of the Navy and Marine Corps family, but also local citizens in the communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren and NSF Indian Head.
After a very successful start, the collection goal of Feds Feed Families for Naval District Washington (NDW) was raised from 16,000 to 50,000 pounds during the campaign’s second week. NSASP stepped up to that challenge by meeting over half of the goal for the entire district.
“We’re a sleepy little command down here in Dahlgren and Indian Head, and we blew the goal out of the water,” said Capt. Katie Hanft, commanding officer of NSASP. “We may be small, but we’re mighty. I think this is just another example of the great attitude and the giving spirit of where we work and live.”
Lt. Michael Geoghagen, chaplain of NSASP, led the collection effort and did not appear to suffer any sore muscles from the vast amount of food he moved in the past few weeks. "I am very proud of and encouraged by the cooperation of all the personnel within NSASP and the supported commands in helping to raise 31,239 pounds of food,” he said, “which is the highest amount collected by any of the commands within the Naval District Washington region.”
Beside the generous donations of so many aboard Dahlgren and Indian Head, the hard-working chaplain received a lot of behind-the-scenes support from his children and his wife, Terri. With her organizational leadership, Mrs. Geoghagen set up the current on-base food bank at the Chapel Annex intended to feed needy military families.
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