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Vol. LXIII, No. 17
August 19, 2011

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‘Fill the Truck’ This Month
Feds Feed Families: NIH’ers Rally to the Call

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Rashaunda Thomas of medical arts collects a donation while co-worker Bonita Smith holds up one of many signs posted around campus. The campaign lasts at NIH until Aug. 25.

Woodrow “Spike” Harrison of NIH’s plant management team helps a generous NIH employee, Gilbert Jones, with his donation while the Division of Medical Arts and Fire Department volunteers of ORS look on. Harrison tours campus several times a week to round up donations to the food bank.

Here in the metropolitan area there are many families—some might be your neighbors or co-workers—who often go to bed hungry. Public charities and food banks are doing more than ever before, but they can’t keep up with the need.

For this reason, NIH is working with the Capital Area Food Bank for the third year in a row as part of the government-wide Feds Feed Families campaign to collect canned and boxed food and beverages, as well as hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, tissues and shampoo. The food bank serves more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens and other service organizations in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

Dr. Luigi Ferrucci

Tammie Edwards and Wayne Randolph of medical arts assist Harrison with collecting donations during the July Fill the Truck campaign. Cereal, pasta and canned goods are popular donation items.

Photos: Ernie Branson, Lemuel Canady

The goal is to collect 15,000 pounds of donations this year, a 2,000-pound increase over last year’s NIH goal. The food drive lasts through the end of August.

“To be able to help those in need is very rewarding,” said Rashaunda Thomas, who is coordinating the effort along with the Division of Medical Arts, ORS. “These are tough times for a lot of people; some have lost jobs due to the economy. There are so many generous people at NIH. Our July Fill the Truck event was very successful—we collected over 5,000 pounds of food.” There will be another Fill the Truck event Aug. 24-25.

Thomas and her colleagues from medical arts and other volunteers plan to keep the campaign visible on campus until NIH’s Aug. 25 deadline. The final opportunity to Fill the Truck will be that morning at Bldg. 10 South (parking lot 10H) from 7 to 9:30. Drop-off boxes at the 10 locations around campus and 19 off-campus sites will continue to receive donations through close of business that day.

For a complete list of donation sites, visit and download a copy of the Feds Feed Family flyer. Additionally, for those using Metro, a donation box will be available at the NIH Gateway Center, adjacent to the Medical Center Metro station. NIHRecord Icon

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