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Vol. LXI, No. 21
October 16, 2009
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NIH’ers Respond to Call for Food

Woodrow “Spike” Harrison, a transportation assistant in OD’s Division of Logistics Services, helps load some of the nearly 5 tons of food collected at NIH for use at the Capital Area Food Bank.
Woodrow “Spike” Harrison, a transportation assistant in OD’s Division of Logistics Services, helps load some of the nearly 5 tons of food collected at NIH for use at the Capital Area Food Bank.

NIH’ers donated nearly 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Capital Area Food Bank throughout July and August, leading the Department of Health and Human Services in its total collection effort of 24,561 pounds of food. HHS had the fourth highest total collected among federal agencies in the Washington metropolitan area. Essie Wright, co-coordinator of the drive for HHS, said, “You make the department look good!”

In order to address the urgent need to replenish local food banks, HHS partnered with other federal agencies to support the Capital Area Food Bank with “Feds Feed Families Food Drive, Warm Up to Giving.” The food bank serves more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens and other service organizations in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

All contributions to the centralized repository make a tremendous difference to area families and communities. Although there were several planned donation receptacles on and off the main campus, some NIH’ers coordinated their own mini drives in their office suites, buildings, division picnics and institutes. The response was overwhelming. Blacks in Government (BIG) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse made significant contributions, along with the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, just to name a few. Joy Gaines, NIH food drive coordinator, received daily messages from employees asking how they could help. Some shared their emotional stories of once being on the receiving end of soup kitchens and food pantries and wanting to give back; others simply wanted to say how proud they were to work at a place that was making the effort to help those in need. NIHRecord Icon

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