Just as summer winds down and children are waiting for school nutrition programs to begin, food banks across the country are facing severe shortages of non-perishable items. Over the past three years, the community has witnessed the remarkable generosity of our Federal workforce, collecting an astounding 8 million pounds of food and non-perishable items for those in need throughout this country. This year, the Federal workforce has continued to support our neighbors, families and communities all across the Nation by asking agencies to set their own goals and aim to beat their own best collection totals.
In our area Alexis J. Makely a Contract Specialist for the Office of Acquisition Operations at the Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC) in Fredericksburg has been spearheading a Feds Feed Families Food Drive that has brought in over 831 pounds of food to help feed local families right here in Planning District 16. Momentum for the food drive was slow at first, but as the weeks have progressed there have been challenge donations and donations tied to rewards to create excitement about doing something to give back to those going through difficult times.
With many Federal employees from our community commuting up and down interstate 95 it’s nice to know that you don’t have to be a Federal employee working up north to participate in the Feds Feed Families Program. If you need inspiration, just think about Alexis who is a Federal employee who wanted to make a difference in the Federal office where she worked. With perseverance, maybe a “wear jeans” day if you donate incentive, you too can make the Feds Feed Families Program work in your community. And from those that you are helping, a heartfelt thank you Amber and your co-workers for being Federal employees who have so far provided over 665 meals to the hungry right here in this community.