Hunger. It’s a scary word, but we like to think that it’s far away from our lives and our neighborhoods. But, for too many Americans it’s very real. That’s why, yesterday, we launched the 2010 Feds Feed Families with an event at the Capital Area Food Bank. All you have to do is bring non-perishable food to your participating Federal workplace, we’ll do the rest.
The need for donated food is especially great during summer. School nutrition programs are on hiatus. The people who donate to their local pantries every week take vacations. In a still-recovering economy, many families need a little help. The Chief Human Capital Officers Council, the HR heads of each Federal agency, started Feds Feeds Families with the Office of Personnel Management last year to ask all Federal employees to help feed their communities.
Federal employees nationwide are stepping up to meet this challenge by gathering 1,200,000 pounds of food for families in need this summer. We hope you'll join us! If you’re a Federal employee, you’ll probably see collection boxes in your agency. If you don’t, ask your agency if it can participate. Outside the National Capital Region, Federal Executive Boards will coordinate with food banks in their areas.
We’ll be collecting food each month all summer and measuring our progress. We’ll track the agencies that give the most, and those that give the most per employee, and we’ll do something special for the winners.
John Berry is the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management