Praising past participation and urging continued assistance, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a message of thanks to DHS employees who collected and donated goods in the Feds Feed Families effort to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months.
U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, who serves as 2017 DHS Feds Feed Families chair, said that for underserved families, summer can mean hardship with children out of school and seasonal declines in donations to food banks, a DHS release said.
“DHS employees have a unique opportunity to help those in need,” Stosz said in the release. “(DHS) is uniquely poised with a strong presence in local communities across the nation. Last year, employees donated non-perishable items at work, traveled to farms to harvest crops, and even donated freshly prepared food directly to local shelters.”
The Coast Guard alone contributed over 100,000 pounds of non-perishable items, bringing the department’s total to “over 1 million pounds of food,” the release said.
For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Feds Feed Families page at https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/initiatives/feds-feed-families.