The pandemic has resulted in job losses, reduced hours and lost wages for millions of Americans. When Bruce Moore, Lead Transportation Security Manager, learned how this affected his hometown of North Plainfield, New Jersey, he decided to do something about it.

“I didn’t immediately know what impact the coronavirus was having on families when the pandemic started and how some didn’t have enough money to buy food for their families,” said Moore, who works at Newark Liberty International Airport. When he learned of the need, he stepped forward.

Moore, with the help of Terminal A officials, distributed several donation boxes at key points in the airport so TSA employees could donate food to the cause. He also organized a motorcycle tour to raise awareness and encourage donations for non-perishable food.

Five giant boxes of groceries were donated and Moore had them picked up for distribution by the local hunger relief network MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity), a nonprofit interfaith network of 20 food pantries across Essex County, New Jersey.

“The support for the Food Drive has been strong,” he said. “Last year during the government graduation, the local community supported TSA and we now had the opportunity to show that we can provide support when the community needs it.”

“I’m so impressed with Bruce and his team for this,” said Tom Carter, TSA Federal Security Director for New Jersey. “With all the concerns that currently exist on our team, they still had a compassionate mind to look outward, to go beyond their own concerns and to help others in need.”