The Airman’s Attic is a facility where junior enlisted Airmen (E-5 and below) and their families can visit to get access to free donated goods. A plethora of items ranging from baby supplies to military uniforms can be found at the Attic. Most of these items are gently used, second-hand items.
The Hill AFB Food Pantry is also located inside the Airman’s Attic (Building 150, Airman and Family Readiness Center) and has the same operating hours as the Airman’s Attic. It is avilable to anyone with a valid military ID card at Hill regardless of their rank. On a customer’s first visit, they fill out a profile questionnaire which expresses a financial need to use the Food Pantry. Further visits need to be referred by a first sergeant, chaplain or A&FRC staff.
The Airman’s Attic and Food Pantry share the same hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month, the Airman’s Attic holds an All Ranks Day. On these two days a month, anyone with a valid military ID can use the Airman’s Attic. This includes active duty, retired, Guard, Reserves and anyone with a valid military ID card.
The Airman’s Attic has a huge variety of items: pots, pans, lamps, dishes, silverware, electronics, books, movies, uniforms, shoes, toys, baby items, sheets, blankets, pillows, décor and many more items. The Food Pantry typically stocks baby formula, pasta, rice, beans, vegetables, cereals, tuna, chicken, canned soup, baking items, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper and other miscellaneous nonperishable food items.
Marian Southall, a Hill AFB military spouse, and point of contact for the Attic, stated, “We run 100 percent on donations.” Through the generous donations of local agencies, the Airman’s Attic and Food Pantry have been thriving. Most recently, the Green Knights Chapter 67 donated $500 in Commissary gift cards.
Southall said, “These donations directly assist the men and women of Hill Air Force Base who are currently going through difficulties and financial hardships. The Hill AFB Food Pantry has aided over 250 families in the past year and with these contributions (from the Green Knights Chapter 67), many more will be able to use these resources.”
The Commissary gift cards are used to buy nonperishable food items to help keep the Hill Food Pantry well-stocked. Southall said approximately two to four Hill families use the Food Pantry each week and any nonperishable food donations are appreciated. There is currently a donation bin at the Base Commissary or people can bring nonperishable food donations directly to the Airman’s Attic.
The Airman’s Attic and Food Pantry are run entirely by volunteers. Anyone with one or more hours a month to volunteer can sign up at the Attic or on its Sharepoint website. “We are always in need of helpers; volunteers can show up any time we are open and we will put them to work. This is a great way to support the base and is a very rewarding experience,” said Southall.