Coast Guard civilian, Chucky Smiley, and his non-profit organization, the Extraordinary League of Gentlemen (ELOG), combined forces with New Hope Community Outreach Services in Waldorf, Maryland to feed over 450 families as part of their food distribution initiative, Operation Belly-Full on November 21, 2020. Operation Belly-Full raises awareness of hunger and homelessness in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area (DMV) and more importantly to assist disadvantaged families. Families from more than 30 different area codes surrounding the National Capital region received seasonal groceries from the group.
Over 30 volunteers supported the distribution of food, directing traffic, packing bags of food, and sorting through donated winter clothing items. One of the volunteers, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ren Whitehead volunteered their time to assist local families and looked forward to helping again in the near future, especially those with personal circumstances impacted by the ongoing pandemic. ELOG is planning to host another Operation Belly-Full in December on the Eastern Shore to help more families deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic.