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February 17, 2012 / iDriveWarships

Rockers Join LCS Sailors, Help Feed Students

You may have heard of the U.S. Navy as being a global force for good but it also does a lot of good locally. Every Friday, First Class Petty Officers from the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron in San Diego distribute food provided by Feeding America to children at a local elementary school. The nonprofit’s popular BackPack Program provides students with a bag of food to place in their backpack, ensuring their nutritional needs are met through the weekend.

Inspired by this generous act, musicians with local San Diego roots from the rock band Angels and Airwaves joined the cause. On Feb. 10, Sailors and band members handed out 640 bags of food to the diverse student population at Lexington Elementary in El Cajon, Calif.

Over 17 languages are spoken at the school, with many students impacted by war-torn areas. Permission slips in hand, these students lined up by classroom for their chance to meet musicians and Sailors—many asking for autographs on their bags and arms.

Students are given fresh fruits and veggies, a protein, grain and snack item as recommended by USDA MyPlate.

“We distribute 73,000 meals per week, 18 million pounds of food per year to working families and kids,” said Jennifer Gilmore, executive director of Feeding America San Diego.

Many of the 2,600 children receiving food every week qualify for free and reduced school lunches.

“It’s an amazing feeling just to be able to contribute in some way,” said Tom DeLonge, guitarist of Angels and Airwaves and Blink-182.

“It’s also really enlightening to know that just down the street there are children who are having issues with feeding themselves here in the United States,” he said. “Most people kind of believe those problems only exist overseas.”

DeLonge also sees the program as an opportunity to build upon the ethos of the four-member band.

Angels and Airwaves have recorded a public service announcement in conjunction with Feeding America San Diego. For more information, visit www.angelsandairwaves.com or www.feedingamericasd.org.

                                                                                                                    

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