On July 15, 2015, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) kicked off the 7th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) Food Drive Campaign. The campaign will run through October 2, 2015. The 2015 FFF slogan is "Feds Fighting Hunger". Defense Department employees nationwide have been asked to answer the call to fight hunger. We ask you to step up to meet this challenge by pledging to participate and make a difference! Every contribution, big and small, will make a difference in the lives of those in need! In his memo, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work expressed his support of the campaign and encouraged the workforce to donate nonperishable food items.
Thank you for your support! We are pleased to report that the DoD "beat our best" and had the most successful food drive to date. The department collected a total of 3,277,080 pounds of food for this worthwhile campaign. These tremendous results do not happen without the support and dedication of each of you. We are truly grateful for your generosity and commitment to feeding the hungry. Next year, let's "beat our best" again!
We are also pleased to report that the campaign (across the federal government) brought in over 17 million pounds of food! Once again, federal agencies answered the call to fight hunger. Thank you to everyone who participated and made a difference in the lives of those in need. Note that even though the campaign is over, food banks around the nation still welcome donations.
Please consider making donations throughout the year, especially as we enter the holiday season. For more information visit the Capital Area Food Bank; or visit Feeding America, where you can search for volunteer opportunities in your area. Together, we can continue to make a difference in our communities. Thank you again for your support!
The Air Force continues to play a vital role in the fight against hunger. Check out the following stories about the contributions and good work that is being carried out on Air Force bases around the country:
Many food banks struggle to keep food stocked during the summer months, but the Feds Feed Families campaign has helped lessen that problem. Since it began in 2009, the program has collected more than 39 million pounds of food; 14.9 million of those pounds were donated government-wide just last year. Story
While the Defense Department is appreciative of all employees who embrace the spirit of giving during this campaign, it gives special recognition to employees who make large contributions. Hall of Fame acknowledgement is given in the following three levels: 250 pounds for Hall of Fame recognition; 500 pounds for Gold-level recognition, and 1,000 pounds and over for Platinum-level recognition. Please note: Contribution totals can be cumulative.
Nominations into the Hall of Fame must be made and verified by the agency's chair. To submit a Hall of Fame nomination, send information by email with name of person donating, agency/organization, mailing address, total pounds donated, date(s) and photo and caption (if desired) with the subject: Hall of Fame Nomination. Feel free to use this spreadsheet to assist in your Hall of Fame Reporting.
2015 Hall of Fame Nominees:
It is easier than ever to provide food for those who are at risk of hunger AND contribute toward the campaign. Please consider donating virtually! Order food online and have it sent to a food bank of your choice.
Share your success stories (minimum 250 words) and pictures (minimum 1MB) of your agency’s Fed Feed Families campaign by email. Don't forget to credit the photographer and let us know who is in the photo!
Feds Feed Families can partner with farmers across the country to prevent the unnecessary wasting of food and simultaneously provide access to fresh and nutritious foods for low-income populations in a process called GLEANING. Please refer to the information below for more information on how to get started, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: GLEANING!
Individuals reporting totals to the DoD Feds Feed Families team should fill out the Standard Reporting Template and submit it via email with the name of the activity and the phrase "ATTENTION REPORTING TEAM" in the subject line.
Individuals responsible for filing the reports also should check with their parent activity regarding any internal reporting requirements.
The DoD Feds Feed Families Campaign challenges you to participate and make a difference. Donations big and small are significant in the lives of those families in need. Contribute to the spirit of giving.
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