Local

June 7, 2012

Chapel food pantry program revamped

By Fort Irwin chapel offices

The Fort Irwin Chapel Community is thrilled to announce some wonderful new changes to the Food Pantry Program. The new program, put in place June 1, will greatly improve the chapel’s ability to provide Soldiers and family members with emergency assistance.

The food pantry is funded through donations to the Chapel’s Operation Helping Hand account. In addition, 5 percent of every regular chapel offering is transferred into OHH. Currently, the chapel buys the food from the commissary and then stocks the pantry. Individuals needing assistance choose items from the pantry as needed.  With the new improvements to the program, individuals will be provided a Commissary voucher and be able to purchase the items they need directly from the Commissary.

While the food pantry has been a wonderful blessing to many Fort Irwin families, there are some significant drawbacks to the program. First, and foremost, with a pantry individuals are limited to what happens to be in stock at the time. With a voucher they are able to purchase anything the commissary sells (with the exception of any tobacco or alcohol products.)  With the food pantry, individuals are limited to chapel duty hours. With a voucher they will be free to shop at the Commissary during its regular business hours, including weekends.  Placing a Commissary voucher in the hands of families in need eliminates the middle man and gives them the freedom to purchase the items their family specifically needs to make ends meet.

The goal of Operation Helping Hand is to provide one-time emergency assistance in the form of a commissary voucher for Soldiers and family members in the amount of $100 per couple, plus $25 per child (maximum amount of $200 per family.) It is not an entitlement or supplemental program. It is a way for to offer a helping hand to others during times of need. The process begins with the unit chaplain. Individuals desiring assistance should contact their chaplain for an OHH form.  Units may also refer Soldiers to their chaplain for OHH assistance.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Leslie Ozawa

New commander for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Irwin

Leslie Ozawa United States Army Garrison Fort Irwin Commander Col. G. Scott Taylor (left) receives a guidon from Thomas Schoenbeck, director of Central Region for Installation Management Command, during a change of command cere...
 
 
Tarah_and_EricHipple

Army observes Suicide Awareness Month in September

Fort Irwin to host motivational speakers In support of the nation’s observance of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7 -13, and World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, the United States Army focuses on a campaign about the import...
 
 
Photo courtesy of VVTA

Your bus ride just got better

Photo courtesy of VVTA The Victor Valley Transit Authority has acquired five new “luxury coaches” which will be used on the commuter routes between Hesperia, Victorville, Silver Lakes, Barstow and Fort Irwin in mid-August. ...
 

 
11th ACR

Bringing connectivity to GCSS-A in the field

11th ACR Staff Sgt. Don Nottingham from Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry sets up the Very Small Aperture Terminal here, March 17. During a field training exercise March 16 to 18, here, Mainte...
 
 
Jason Miller

Commissary awards scholarship

Jason Miller From left: Stephen MacAfee, S & K Sales associate; Qahir Abdur-Rahman, Fort Irwin Commissary store director; Alex Nguyen, scholarship recipient; Michele Nguyen, Alex’s mom and; Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Nguyen...
 
 

Get a refund for gasoline taxes

The California gasoline tax refund could save you hundreds of dollars every year. In order to maintain California’s many highways, the state taxes every gallon of fuel that you put into your car (even gas purchased on post). This is reasonable, because we all know what it is like to drive on poorly maintained roads,...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>