• Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Here, the Soldiers prepare by donning aprons, hairnets and latex gloves.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Here, they get a tour of the facility.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Here, they get a tour of the facility by volunteer coordinator Erin Tyler.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Pictured here from left to right are Col. Glenn Sanders, Maj. Chelsa Robinson and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brenda Bethany.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Pictured here is Maj. Kristen Brockman.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Pictured in the foreground is Sgt. 1st Class Dayan Infantas.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Here, Col. Glenn Sanders, left, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brenda Bethany sort donated turnips into bags of 10.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Here, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brenda Bethany, left, and Master Sgt. Mary Butler sort donated turnips into bags of 10.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Pictured here are Master Sgt. Tomeka Brown, left, and Staff Sgt. Shanta Cooper.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Pictured here are Master Sgt. Mary Butler, left, and Col. Glenn Sanders.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

  • Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for distribution to needy families. Here, they get a tour of the facility by volunteer coordinator Erin Tyler.

    Wildcats volunteer at local food bank

    Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., volunteered an afternoon of their time at the Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia on May 22. The Wildcats assisted by sorting donated produce such as lettuce and turnips for...

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command volunteered an afternoon of their time sorting donated food at the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia on May 22.

The idea came from Staff Sgt. Shanta Cooper who felt there was not ample community involvement by the Wildcats.
"We do 5K runs and things like that," said Cooper. "But I wanted to get us more involved with the [outside] community, so I thought of Harvest Hope."

The 81st troops met at the facility in downtown Columbia and sorted produce that had been donated. Produce has such a short shelf life that it has to be distributed as quickly as possible or it will spoil. Over the course of the afternoon, the group sorted several bins of lettuce and turnips much to the approval of the staff.

"You guys are very efficient," volunteer coordinator Erin Tyler stated. "We know when we get a group from [Fort}] Jackson, we're going to get a lot done."

At the end of the afternoon, Tyler gave them a tour of the facility, explaining to them the importance of their mission and how volunteers help to make it happen.

The 81st plans to do similar events on the Thursdays prior to each three of four-day weekend.

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