Carter Enlists Defense Employees’ Help for Food Drive
By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is encouraging federal employees to participate in the Department of Agriculture’s fifth annual “Feds Feeds Families” campaign by bringing non-perishable food items to their offices through August for distribution to local food banks.
“‘Feds Feeds Families’ allows us to showcase how caring and giving our people are and demonstrates our commitment as a department to helping people in need,” Carter said in a June 9 memo.
The campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 28, is a national, voluntary effort, the deputy defense secretary said.
Carter requested that government workers assist with logistical support and donations. In the National Capital Region, those donations will go to the Capital Area Food Bank, which supplies more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens and other service organizations.
“Running a successful campaign requires a team effort,” Carter wrote, noting that leadership support is critical.
Last year, food donations from across the federal government totaled 7.3 million pounds. The Defense Department alone contributed 2.1 million of those pounds, surpassing its goal of 1.5 million pounds.
Nationwide donation pick up dates are June 26, July 31 and August 28.