FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Those in need can get help from Army Community Service and the Fort Rucker Food Locker this holiday season.

Garrison command, with administrative support from ACS, is sponsoring the 2010 Holiday Food Program. It provides food certificates to military and civilian Families in need, according to Sharon Coley, ACS Financial Readiness Program manager.

Individuals in need are identified through their respective units or organizations and requests are submitted through the appropriate chain of command, Coley said. Families with children are also identified and the ages of the children are forwarded to the Aviation Center chaplain for the Christmas Angel Tree program.

"In the spirit of the holidays, each year the Fort Rucker Holiday Food Program provides certificates to Soldiers and their Families in need to purchase food for Thanksgiving and Christmas," Coley said. "Because of the military's uniqueness, finances, especially during the holiday seasons, can sometimes be very challenging, if the Family has no other resources."

The deadline for units and organizations to submit nominations is today, Coley said. Nominations can be turned in to garrison command in Rm. 385, Bldg. 5700.

Donations to the Food Locker are accepted year-round, according to Coley. Those donations play a vital role in the HFP.

"The HFP operates on donations, and could not exist without the support from individuals, units and organizations," she said. "Funds donated to support the program will allow Families to be able to share a traditional meal and feel the holiday spirit knowing that someone cares."

Donations from the community continue to come in, Coley said. The Disabled American Veterans, Enterprise chapter, donated $500 to the HFP and Food Locker Dec. 2.

Donations for Christmas are still being tallied, but more than 3,000 pounds of food were donated for the Thanksgiving holiday, said Spc. Mellownee Floyd, 1st Aviation Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Food Locker representative.

"We've gotten lots of volunteers and moral support for the program this year," she said. "This is very important for people in this area. This is a tough time of year for a lot of people and this allows them to be able to provide for their Families."

Families living on post who receive food certificates can redeem them at the commissary and those living off-post can use them at Food Giant in Daleville.

For more information, call 255-2341.