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Vol. LXIV, No. 16
August 3, 2012
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‘Feds Feed Families’ Off to a Great Start

Participating in the July “Fill the Truck” event behind Bldg.

Participating in the July “Fill the Truck” event behind Bldg. 10 were (rear, from l) Joe Cox, Thomas Hayden, Valerie Harrington, Phyllis Easter, Eric Munger, Karen Stakes, Tanya Burkholder and Corey Welcher. In front are Monika Kloda and Woodrow “Spike” Harrison.

This is the 4th year NIH has participated in the Feds Feed Families government-wide summer food drive. The drive benefits the Capital Area Food Bank, which serves more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens and other service organizations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. It also offers programs on healthy cooking on a budget and gardening workshops in addition to providing food to our neighbors.

The federal campaign theme is “Beat Your Best.” Last year, NIH was the HHS first place site winner. NIH Feds Feed Families campaign is being coordinated by Corey Welcher of ORS. She says, “The first Fill the Truck event this week [July 17-19] was very successful—so far we’ve collected a little over 3,000 pounds of food. The goal this year is to surpass last year’s total of 17,495 pounds of goods. We have a long way to go, but I know we can do it!”

In addition to the donation sites in the metropolitan area, NIH facilities in Poolesville, Frederick, Baltimore, Research Triangle Park and the Rocky Mountain Labs in Montana are also participating in the campaign. “This is a tremendous undertaking that only works because of the generous support of everyone behind the scenes, in addition to the generous donations from the staff at NIH. I’m very excited to be a part of this effort,” Welcher said.

The next Fill the Truck event will be on Aug. 22-23 at Bldg. 1. Non-perishable donations will be collected at sites both on and off-campus until Aug. 25. Donation items include canned goods, boxed food, baby food, grains as well as hygiene products (i.e. toothpaste, soap, tissue, diapers, etc.) For a complete list of donation sites and “most wanted items” from the food bank, visit www.ors.od.nih.gov.

Harrington (l) and Munger hold signs appealing to commuters arriving at Bldg. 10’s south entry to participate in the food drive.

Harrington (l) and Munger hold signs appealing to commuters arriving at Bldg. 10’s south entry to participate in the food drive.


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