Each year, millions of Americans turn to food banks and food pantries for emergency food assistance. On a daily basis, one-in-seven adults and one-in-five children face food insecurity in our Nation. During the summer months – when demand increases and donations traditionally decline – our support of our neighbors and communities in need is even more important. To help meet this critical need, I am pleased to announce the Department of Energy’s (DOE) participation in the 2019 Feds Feed Families (FFF) Food Drive, which will run through August 9th.
Through the amazing generosity of Federal employees like you, the Feds Feed Families program has collected nearly 80 million pounds of food since the campaign began in 2009. Last year alone, more than 10 million pounds were donated and provided to food banks and pantries, across America. This year, DOE’s goal is to collect 70,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable items, to help individuals and families in need.
Feds Feed Families is a voluntary effort undertaken by Federal agencies and employees throughout the country to collect and donate food for those in need through:
• Donations of non-perishable food items into a designated FFF collection box in the workplace
• Donations of surplus fresh food from your gardens directly to a participating local food pantry
• Gleaning, or clearing fields and warehouses of unused produce, at FFF gleaning events (perishable goods) on employee’s personal time
The most up-to-date information on Feds Feeds Families can be found on the National Feds Feeds Families website, which is maintained by the USDA: https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/initiatives/feds-feed-families.
The Office of Environmental Management (EM) will be leading the Department’s efforts, and EM’s Melody Bell will serve as the Department’s Chair of the 2019 FFF campaign and coordinate DOE’s national program. The true leaders of this effort are our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or nominate an employee in your office to serve as your organization’s champion for this year’s campaign, please email DOE FFF Chair, Melody Bell at Melody.Bell@em.doe.gov and the DOE Feeds Family Inbox at DOEFeedsFamilies1@Hq.Doe.Gov .
Thank you for the work you do to help our local communities. We look forward to another exciting and successful DOE Feds Feed Families campaign to fight hunger! As this year’s FFF motto says, “Do Right and Feed Everyone.”
Secretary Rick Perry