The Coast Guard is participating in the Feds Feed Families Campaign again this year, and we need everyone’s help!
What is it?
Feds Feed Families is an annual food drive that happens during the summer months when food donations tend to decline. The campaign officially began on June 1, 2016 and will run through August 31, 2016.
The collected food is provided to local food banks to help those in need and ensure proper nourishment. Since it began in 2009 with President Obama’s initiative, nearly 57.2 million pounds of food have been collected, and just last year more than 17.9 million pounds were donated.
All Federal agencies, including field components, are asked to participate in the campaign. The field agencies will share their collections with their local food banks with the goal of ensuring that the FFF campaign will stretch across America and be visible and active in every state.
Last year the Coast Guard donated 200,000 pounds!
But the challenge this year is to bring in even more than that!
How you can help!
Every contribution, big and small, will make a difference!
1) Donate Canned Goods or Non-Perishable Items
Bring non-perishable food items and place them into a designated collection box located at your Federal workplace or take them directly to a local food bank.
Visit www.feedingamerica.org for a list of regional food banks (non-perishable food only) or www.ampleharvest.org, 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.
2) Sign up for a gleaning event (gleaning essentially means harvesting, picking or sorting fresh produce)
This is great to do with your family or colleagues – it can be a bonding or team building experience!
Field employees can reach out to Society of St. Andrew for gleaning opportunities in their area. The Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET) is another great partner at www.midatlanticgleaningnetwork.org.
3) Report your numbers (weight of food donated or gleaned) to your agency POC to be entered in the total and individual trackers.
And don’t forget to share your stories and photos on social media using the hashtag #FedsFeedFamilies.