Feds Feed Families: Pilot Run Successful, Expected to Expand in 2020
The Exchange’s first campaign for Feds Feed Families challenged headquarters associates to donate cans of food and other non-perishables for the North Texas Food Bank.
The United States Department of Agriculture and Capital Area Food Bank partnered to sponsor the 2019 Feds Feed Families food drive. The organizations invited all federal agencies to come together to nourish their local communities.
The pilot Exchange campaign was sponsored by Valerie Wagoner, Associate EEO & Diversity Officer, and encouraged associates to donate two cans of food on Tuesdays, called “Two Can Tuesdays.”
In total, associates donated more than 900 pounds of qualifying items from June 26 to Aug. 9.
“Our first year supporting Feds Feed Families was a success because of associates’ generous giving,” Wagoner said. “We hope to expand the campaign throughout the organization in 2020.”
Feds Feed Families was created in 2009 to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. Federal workers have donated and collected nearly 80 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families at risk of hunger across America over the last 10 years.
In 2018, the program collected and donated more than 17.9 million pounds of food.