Feds Feed Families
This summer, USDA is once again leading the Feds Feed Families campaign with the support of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and other agency partners. The campaign officially began on June 1 and will run through August 27, 2014. The celebratory national kick off took place at the USDA on the corner of 12th and Independence Avenue, SW at 10:00 a.m. on June 2.
Since the campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America. More than 85 percent of Federal workers live and work outside the Washington D.C. area, so we are helping communities in every state.
Last year we collected nearly 9 million pounds of food, and are asking agencies this year to set their own goals again and beat their previous best! We know that Federal employees will answer the call to help their neighbors and we are relying on you to help your Agencies collect more food than ever!
All Federal agencies, including Field components, are asked to participate in the campaign. The field agencies can share their collections with their local food banks; we are looking forward to ensuring the FFF campaign will stretch across America and be visible and active in every state.
Please bring non-perishable food items and place them into a designated collection box located in your Federal workplace or take them directly to your local food bank. Donations of fresh food (fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts) can now be made directly to a food pantry in your community - please visit www.ampleharvest.org/fff to find one near you.
Learn more about most wanted items in area food banks from the Capital Area Food Bank. For those outside of the National Capital Area, visit www.feedingamerica.org for a list of regional food banks (non-perishable food only) or www.ampleharvest.org/fff for a list of local food pantries (fresh produce as well as non-perishable food) in your area to partner with and to send your donations. They will assist with arranging pick-up and weighing of your donations.
Make sure that the total pounds of your donations are reported to your Department/Agency's Chair or Champion.
This year Feds Feed Families is also encouraging employees to take advantage of gleaning (clearing fields of unused produce). For the National Capital Area the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET) is taking the lead in coordinating gleaning activities. More information about gleaning and upcoming events can be found on the MAGNET website. Field employees can reach out to Society of St. Andrew for gleaning opportunities in their area.
Thank you for the work that you do to help your neighbors. We look forward to another exciting and successful FFF campaign! Share your progress, stories and photos on social media using the hashtag #FedsFeedFamilies.
Karen T. Comfort - FFF National Program Manager
Phone: (202) 690-0187