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Fairchild Airmen volunteer at local food bank

Airman 1st Class Jose Moya sorts donated food while volunteering with the African American Heritage Council at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Moya is a 92nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jose Moya sorts donated food while volunteering with the African American Heritage Council at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Moya is a 92nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council wore these nametags while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council wore these nametags while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council receive instructions from Erin Gracyalny while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Gracyalny is a Second Harvest support specialist and work-study from Gonzaga University. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council receive instructions from Erin Gracyalny while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Gracyalny is a Second Harvest support specialist and work-study from Gonzaga University. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council sort donated food while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council sort donated food while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council sort donated food while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airmen volunteering with the African American Heritage Council sort donated food while serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airman 1st Class Falena Guerra, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Campbell and Staff Sgt. Maryam Johnson sort food while volunteering with the African American Heritage Council at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Guerra is a 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, Campbell is the 92nd LRS mission capable NCO in charge, and Johnson is a 92nd Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

Airman 1st Class Falena Guerra, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Campbell and Staff Sgt. Maryam Johnson sort food while volunteering with the African American Heritage Council at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24, 2014. Second Harvest’s mission is fighting hunger and feeding hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Guerra is a 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, Campbell is the 92nd LRS mission capable NCO in charge, and Johnson is a 92nd Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Fairchild Airmen volunteered their time at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24 in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

"Spokane is a great city and these Airmen are donating their time as a way to say thank you," said Master Sgt. Albert Dunn, the Fairchild African American Heritage Council leader. "Every time you go downtown, our Spokane neighbors make sure they thank us for our service."

Dunn said this was just a little token of Fairchild Airmen's appreciation for a community abounding in support. He emphasized that they not only do this as a way of saying thank you, but also in honor of the man who had a dream.

"Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that visualized a country full of diversity and people not looking at the color of their skin, but the content of their character," Dunn said. "We see today people with strong character willing to reach out to the community and do the right thing -- that's why we're here today."

Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. The service organization distributes two million pounds of free food each month to people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. They maintain partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers making it possible to feed 50,000 people each week.

African American Heritage Month kicks off Feb. 1. Activities at Fairchild are planned for the last two weeks of the month. For more information or opportunities to volunteer, contact Master Sgt. Albert Dunn at (509) 247-5620.