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Vol. LXVI, No. 17
August 15, 2014
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Feds Feed Families
NIH Helps Knock Out Hunger in 2014

Helping fill the truck at left are (from l) Corey Welcher, John Veitch, Kian Memarzadeh, Nancy McLean-Cooper and Rodelyne Augustin.
Helping fill the truck at left are (from l) Corey Welcher, John Veitch, Kian Memarzadeh, Nancy McLean-Cooper and Rodelyne Augustin.

Delonte Stephens of the NIH Fire Department.
At right, Delonte Stephens of the NIH Fire Department
For the sixth consecutive year, NIH has been a strong competitor in the friendly government-wide competition Feds Feed Families, which collects nonperishable food items and toiletries during the summer months. Between the months of June and August, NIH staff has willingly held signs, donated goods and spread the word about the program. In 2013, NIH contributed a little over 15,000 pounds of non-perishable goods to the program’s grand total of 9 million pounds of donations. Once again, the Office of Research Services is coordinating the program for NIH.

ORS gathers donations from 44 locations both on and off campus and records the weights of all non-perishable donations from staff outside of Bethesda, including NIH offices in Frederick and Baltimore, Montana (RML) and North Carolina (RTP). The local donation collection staff is composed of employees from ORS’s Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services; this year they have been very busy. The NIH coordinator, Corey Welcher, is happy to report a total of 8,000 pounds in the collection as of the end of July.

“This year we’ve tried to keep NIH informed of our progress via the Program and Employee Services Twitter page (@NIHEmplSrvcs) and teaming up with more ICs located outside of the Bethesda campus to spread the word,” she said. “Each year it keeps growing.”

Packing food above are (from l) Mike Pallatucci of the NIH Fire Department, Conor O’Shaughnessy of NIDCR and Capt. Paul Donaldson of the NIH Fire Department (from l) O’Shaughnessy and ORS’s Nita Them and Mosen Zibaii.
Packing food above are (from l) Mike Pallatucci of the NIH Fire Department, Conor O’Shaughnessy of NIDCR and Capt. Paul Donaldson of the NIH Fire Department. At right are (from l) O’Shaughnessy and ORS’s Nita Them and Mosen Zibaii.

New to the program this year is a local collaboration—a portion of all donations will be distributed to the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge and the Children’s Inn at NIH, as they too experience bare pantries in the summer. The remainder will be sent to the Capital Area Food Bank for distribution within D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

During the month of August, the team will be promoting “Two Can Tuesday” to encourage folks to bring in donations each Tuesday. Additionally, four “Fill the Truck” events will be held in front of Bldg. 1 to allow for staff to walk/drive/bike up to the truck to drop off their donations.

NIH’ers are urged to support the program as they are able, even just by spreading the word. You may also tweet pictures of what your offices are donating using #NIHKnocksOutHunger. Every effort is appreciated. The program will have its grand finale at the NIH Safety Health and Wellness Day in Natcher Bldg.’s Kirschstein Auditorium on Aug. 27.


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