NIH Again Aims to ‘Knock Out Hunger’
NIH officially kicked off its annual Feds Feed Families (FFF) food drive campaign “Knock Out Hunger” on July 1 by joining federal agencies across the nation to help those in need. NIH has set a 2019 goal of collecting 28,000 pounds of non-perishable food items or the equivalent in monetary donations. The campaign is 6 weeks long, ending on Aug. 9.
Donations collected at NIH will be distributed throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia by the Capital Area Food Bank. As part of an ongoing effort to serve the NIH community directly, a portion of NIH donations will be directed to the pantries of the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge and the Children’s Inn at NIH.
During the drive, place donated items in collection boxes at various on- and off-campus sites. For specific locations and regular updates, visit https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/FedsFeedFamilies/Pages/default.aspx. Donation options include non-expired canned and boxed food, baby food and beverages, as well as other items such as soap, toothpaste, tissues, diapers and shampoo.
Eurest Dining Services will again offer its Fighting Hunger Voucher Program for the length of the campaign. Funds collected from vouchers will be used to purchase non-perishable items to help NIH reach its collection goal. Eurest is also offering a new promotion this year, “Keep the Change.” Customers can round up their purchase to the next whole dollar by simply saying, “Keep the Change.” Money collected will be added to the food voucher totals. Vouchers will be available for purchase in any dollar amount at participating Eurest dining locations.
Follow the latest campaign developments via Twitter @NIHEmplSrvcs; tweet your pictures or posts using #NIHFeedsFamilies. Contact NIH FFF chair Tim Tosten or program coordinator Debra Gale at FedsFeedFamiliesNIH@mail.nih.gov with any questions.