Voucher program ensures a holiday feast for families on Okinawa
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A community-driven program is hoping to help lower-income Marine and sailor families enjoy a more filling holiday meal this year, a director at Personal Services Center said on Thursday.
The Holiday Food Voucher Program is providing commissary checks worth $60 that eligible families should receive next week if they’ve already signed up, said Bert Corn, Personal Service Center director.
The program is funded through the Religious Offering Fund provided by base chaplains, unit donations and outside agencies such as American Engineering Inc., which recently donated $10,000.
Units should provide names of eligible families to the Personal Service Center, which is coordinating the funds, Corn said.
This week’s original deadline to submit names to the center has been extended to ensure everyone’s needs are met, he said.
Eligible for the vouchers are:
E-4 and below Marines and sailors with at least one child.E-5 and below Marines and sailors with at least two children.Marine and Navy families not otherwise eligible but who have special financial needs.Marine and Navy families, regardless of rank, whose sponsors are deployed also may qualify if there is a financial need.
A family should contact its unit representative or base chaplain to learn if it qualifies for a voucher, Corn said.
Families can use the vouchers to purchase whatever they need at the commissaries, Corn said. The only stipulations, he said, are that the vouchers cannot be used to buy tobacco products and that no cash will be given to recipients for any unused portions of the vouchers.