TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - 1st Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base is giving back to the community in a different way.
"We're going to do a ruck march with that and donate all the foods that's in the backpacks at the end to the families that need the food," said 1st Air Force Command Chief Richard King.
The members of 1st Air Force embarked on a 5K march. This was a little out of the ordinary because the participants donned rucksacks full of canned food. Some of the rucks even weighed more than 40 pounds! All of the canned food is being donated to local food pantries. They raised over 2,000 pounds of food that will be donated.
Chief King has first hand knowledge of how meaningful this food donation is to local food pantries.
"This is huge. You know, I'm a former police officer and I understand, you know, how hard it is for some families to make ends meet. You know, the worst thing you see as a police officer is children in need. I think this would be huge to the local area to get this out to them," said Chief King.
This is the first year of the 5K Ruck March. Lt. Colonel Patrick McDonnell told us that there are plans of having another one in the future.
"We're part of the community and we really wanted to show that support in a unique way this is the first of hopefully many opportunities we have to do something like this," said Lt. Colonel McDonnell.