Two days a week Shana Storms visits restaurants and farmers markets looking for the perfect ingredients to cook.
"The menu today is filet mignon, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, and salad," says Storms as she takes food out of bags.
Storms volunteers at the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore at Fort Belvoir, cooking for service members. The irony is, up until a few months ago, Storms could barely cook.
"I am very good about making macaroni and cheese out of a box. Or maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had to Google how to scramble eggs."
Storms comes from a large military family.
"Both my grandfathers were in World War II," says Storms. "But the biggest is my father who was a Vietnam vet. I remember I think I was in the 7th or 8th grade and I would wear his uniform to school. And I was always proud of it. That he was a Vietnam vet."
So proud she tried joining the Marines.
"It didn't work out," says Storms grinning from ear-to-ear. "I was asked to do a duck walk and I could not do a duck walk."
That did not deter Storms from becoming a force behind the forces. A one-woman army, if you will, armed with food, utensils .and a whole lot of love for our military.
"We need to give back to the men and women who fight for this country. Who fight for our freedom and protect us."
If you would like to join Shana Storms, and thank our local service members this holiday season, please consider donating to the USO's Turkeys for Troops, which provides Thanksgiving meals to local military families. Every dollar stays in our community.