WAHIAWA, Hawaii -- After clearing the food pantry for Operation Holiday Joy, the director of the Armed Services YMCA at U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield considered making a run to the Hawai'i Food Bank to replenish shelves until the Regional Satellite Communications Support Center-Pacific arrived with more than $700 worth of non-perishable food items.

Every year, RSSC-PAC chooses a community organization to support for the holiday season, usually focusing on organizations that support military members and their families. The Armed Services YMCA Food Pantry, located right down the street made a perfect fit for the RSSC-PAC's holiday season fundraiser.

RSSC-PAC dropped off cases of canned vegetables and fruit, meats and fish, chili, soups, coffee, and of course, a Hawaii favorite, SPAM, to ASYMCA director Liane Haʻi. Contributions were made possible by RSSC-PAC members contributing food donations and a fundraiser at the RSSC-PAC Holiday Party that raised a total of $462.

The food pantry is a program that is run by the ASYMCA on several military bases on Oahu that support military families in need. Food is provided to families at no cost. The food pantry is stocked by food donations and food drives throughout the year and with help from the Hawai'i food bank.

They typically pick up about 700 pounds of food each month. Ohana Food Days are held the last Monday of each month that consist of perishable items such as produce and baked goods. Ha'I shared that at one Ohana Food Days more than 900 recipients participated.

The next Ohana Food Days will be Jan. 21, 1-3:30 p.m., at the U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield ASYMCA located at 1262 Santos Dumont, Wheeler AAF, HI 96857. Haʻi is seeking volunteers to help with this monthly event. Call the ASYMCA at (808) 624-5645 to sign-up.