- FORT LEE
The federal government’s annual Feds Feed Families campaign has ended with just over 7.5 million pounds of food being donated to food banks across the nation, and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) once again led the effort among governmental agencies.
The Department of Defense’s share of the total donations this year was 3.7 million pounds — an increase of more than 45 percent from last year. DeCA’s share of that was 2.4 million pounds, or 66 percent of that total.
The campaign was conducted June 1 through Aug. 31 this year for federal workers, and commissary customers and Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) employees who wanted to donate to local food banks and pantries.
TAKING THE LEAD
This is the second year that the Defense Department designated DeCA as its leader of the campaign, said Randy Eller, the agency’s director of Logistics.
“We’re proud to take the lead for a campaign held across the entire Department of Defense,” Eller said. “It really demonstrates the Department’s commitment to helping people in need, as well as the generosity of commissary employees and patrons.”
HOW IT WORKED
Participating military installations helped collect items most needed by food pantries and then donated them to area food banks. Commissary customers and employees had a couple of ways to participate:
- By purchasing needed food and personal hygiene products for donation while shopping at stateside commissaries, or bringing items from home and placing them in donation bins at the store.
- By purchasing prepackaged donation bags available in stateside commissaries for less than $10 each.
Once collected, installation officials worked with the commissary to deliver the donations to local food banks.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
“The annual Feds Feed Families food drive is a great way for commissaries and military families to give back to the communities that host us around the nation,” said Marine Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Saucedo, senior enlisted advisor to DeCA’s director.
“The summer months typically see food bank donations fall, so it’s the perfect time to set aside a few items to donate. A little goes a long way!”
Edited by Larry Lapka
To participate in the Feds Feed Families campaign, DeCA customers could purchase prepackaged donation bags for less than $10 each which were available in stateside commissaries, including these at Fort Lee, Va.
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