64th IS continues holiday tradition of ensuring local families don’t go hungry

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Johnson
  • 64th Intelligence Squadron (IS)

In a heartwarming display of community spirit, the 64th Intelligence Squadron (IS) went above and beyond this holiday season collecting and donating 760 pounds of food items to support families in need.

For the third year in a row, the squadron conducted a dedicated two-month-long food drive that culminated in a substantial contribution to The Hearth Community Place Food Pantry in Dayton, Ohio. The initiative, spearheaded by members of the 64th IS, aimed to make a positive impact on the local community during a time when many families face increased challenges. The squadron's commitment to service and generosity became evident as they rallied together, collecting a diverse array of non-perishable food items to provide essential support for those struggling with food insecurity.

64th IS Commander Lt. Col. Michelle Bishop who assumed command earlier this year said she was proud to support the continued collective effort.

“Our mission goes beyond our intelligence mission – the Dayton community gives so much to our military families, it is with great humility that we are able to return that support,” she said. “The immense success of this food drive reflects the compassion and camaraderie that defines our squadron.”

The Hearth Community Place Food Pantry, known for its dedication to assisting vulnerable populations, gratefully received the sizable donation. The 760 pounds of food items will go a long way in helping families enjoy a more abundant holiday season. The organization worked diligently to distribute the donated items to families in Dayton who may otherwise struggle during the holiday season.

As the 64th IS celebrates the success of this act of kindness, the collective hope is that their gesture inspires others to contribute to the well-being of their communities, Bishop said.

“In a world often marked by challenges, these dedicated individuals have proven that, together, even small acts of generosity can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need,” she said.