FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (May 4, 2015) -- Army recruiters were out in full force May 1 giving back to their communities across the U.S. and in Germany.They fed the homeless, worked in food banks, cleaned parks, helped build homes, visited with elderly veterans and worked with youth, abused animals, and more.Almost 5,000 recruiters participated in more than 175 community service projects in conjunction with the first U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) Community Day of Service."This is a way for us to give back to our communities," said USAREC Chief of Staff Col. Brian Bassett. "One of our Army Values is selfless service, and this effort is an opportunity to demonstrate that in our communities that we serve in each and every day."More than 70 Soldiers and civilians from USAREC headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky, packed food boxes for "Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland" (FAKH) in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.Instead of teaching at the Recruiting and Retention school, Dawn Scholl placed canned goods in boxes being packed for senior citizens."I always feel compelled to help those who are less fortunate," she said. "And what a great for thing for the Army to do this in communities all across the country. If we can do this one small thing, all of us together can make a big difference."Gary Miles, executive director of the non-profit that distributes food to almost 175,000 people a year in 42 Kentucky counties, appreciated USAREC HQ's choice."We'll probably get several hundred senior boxes packed today," he said Miles. "We received a shipment of MRE's from Fort Knox and the USAREC volunteers are going to help us separate those. We have a whole tractor trailer truckload of Cheez-Its, and they're helping us package those into ziplock bags."All this work would not be possible if we didn't have large groups like this."Nashville Battalion recruiters in Bowling Green, Kentucky, volunteered at the Potter Children's Home, which provides services to abused and neglected children. In Louisville, Kentucky, they spent time visiting with veterans at the VA Center.