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As we head toward Labor Day and the end of summer, I hope all Federal employees will take a few minutes to bring in one last donation for Feds Feed Families, our annual food drive. August 31 is the final day of this important campaign.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our family here at the Office of Personnel Management. But I’m not surprised. Each and every day I see all the hard work OPM employees do to serve the American people. And their willingness to help those among us with the least continues to inspire me.

At OPM we have walked, bowled, held bake sales and set up donation boxes at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., at our offices at Boyers, Pennsylvania, and at field locations throughout the country.

Every morning, I walk by what I like to call our wall of inspiration. On it are pasted copies of big red boxing gloves with the names of OPM employees who have donated 10 or more food items to help the hungry in our community. It makes me happy to see how Team OPM has opened its heart to those in need.

During June and July, OPM employees donated more than 15,000 pounds of food. That’s twice as much as had been given by this time last year, and August is usually our biggest month for contributions. So I think we can beat the 38,778 pounds OPM donated last year.

Employees across government are definitely doing their part. Last year, Federal employees nationwide donated nearly 9 million pounds of food. In June and July, our Federal workforce gave nearly 5 million.

We are all well on our way to besting last year’s totals.

But now is not the time to slack off. Donations to food banks and food pantries historically drop off significantly during the summer. And one in six Americans do not have access to enough food.

So before you go off to your well-deserved Labor Day holiday, please consider bringing in one last donation of food. Spread the word: Let’s do all we can to Knock Out Hunger!

Wall of signs with boxing gloves on them and names of employees who have donated to the FFF campaign

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