Feds Feed Families has begun! Since 2009, Federal employees have joined together in the summer months to stock food pantries in communities across the country.
OPM founded the Federal food drive program, in response to President Obama’s call for all Americans to contribute to the nation’s economic recovery by serving their communities. The Feds Feed Families program is continuing to provide assistance to families in need under the leadership of the Department of Agriculture.
In its inaugural year, Feds Feed Families collected 1 million pounds of food that went to local food pantries. Each year since, we’ve bested the previous year’s total, and last year we raised an incredible 8.9 million pounds of food and non-perishable items. Over the past four years, together we have donated 15 million pounds. Despite the challenges we’ve all faced, the Federal family continues to show its generosity and willingness to come together and help those in need.
It’s time to do it again. The summer months are crucial. As need increases, particularly because children are out of school and cannot count on their daily school lunches, donations decrease. Our neighbors need our help.
The inter-agency collaborative effort and volunteer nature of Feds Feed Families means the program runs on a minimal budget. Here at OPM we hold regular events, offer simple recognition to the most generous employee donors and even engage in friendly competition between our offices to keep the food coming in. We’re hoping to best our own internal record of 71,152 pounds of food. I know we can do it.
Let’s continue to fill our community pantries here in DC and around the country. As a Federal family, we have made true and lasting impacts. Together we can do even more.
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