Feds Feed Families
2015: USDA is excited about the annual Feds Feed Families Summer Food Drive! We appreciate your inquiries, and realize that Federal employees are anxious to receive details about the start of this year's campaign. We expect to provide additional information in the coming days. Please continue to check back periodically for updated information. Let's stay "fired up" about the 2015 Feds Feed Families Summer Food Drive, and together we can "knock-out" hunger.
2014 Feds Feed Families Information
USDA led 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, 2014 and ran through August 27, 2014. The celebratory national kick off took place at the USDA on the corner of 12th and Independence Avenue, SW on June 2.
Since the campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected nearly 39 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. In 2013, employees collected nearly 9 million pounds of food. Agencies were asked to set their own goals again and beat their previous best! In 2014, Federal employees donated a total of 14,849,380 lbs.
All Federal agencies, including Field components, were asked to participate in the campaign. The field agencies shared their collections with their local food banks and with the goal of ensuring that the FFF campaign will stretch across America and be visible and active in every state.
As in every year, employees are asked to bring non-perishable food items and place them into a designated collection box located in the Federal workplace or take them directly to a local food bank. Donations of fresh food (fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts) can 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 donations. They assist with arranging pick-up and weighing of your donations.
In 2014, Feds Feed Families encouraged employees to take advantage of gleaning (clearing fields of unused produce). For the National Capital Area, the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET) took the lead in coordinating gleaning activities. More information about gleaning 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.