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Vol. LXVII, No. 16
July 31, 2015
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Feds Feed Families Campaign Under Way at NIH
Staff from the Office of Human Resources turn out on parking lot 10H to help fill the truck with donations.

Staff from the Office of Human Resources turn out on parking lot 10H to help fill the truck with donations.

Photos: Eric Bock

For many NIH’ers, summer means fresh fruits and vegetables, cookouts and ice cream. For many area families, however, summer means hunger.

To help those in need, NIH is participating in the 7th annual Feds Feed Families campaign, a summer food drive to benefit area charities. This year, NIH hopes to collect more than 20,000 pounds of food.

OHR employee relations specialist Ruth Rose and Woodrow “Spike” Harrison of NIH’s Fleet Management Branch showcase examples of non-perishable foods
Above, OHR employee relations specialist Ruth Rose and Woodrow “Spike” Harrison of NIH’s Fleet Management Branch showcase examples of non-perishable foods. Below, OHR intern Starsky Cheng drops off a bag of non-perishable food at the July 13 “Fill the Truck” event.
OHR intern Starsky Cheng drops off a bag of non-perishable food at the July 13 “Fill the Truck” event.

Until Aug. 26, employees can drop off non-perishable, unopened food items and hygiene products at one of 15 donation boxes on campus and 23 boxes off campus. Employees can also drop off their donations at “Fill the Truck” events on Aug. 11, 12, 18 and 19 in front of Bldg. 1.

Most of the donations will be given to the Capital Area Food Bank. A portion will also be given to the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge at NIH and the Children’s Inn at NIH.

Need increases during the summer months, said Yasmin Rheubottom Mörch, the lodge’s manager of operations and guest relations. Many patients who stay at the lodge have spent most of their money on medical treatment.

“Admissions in clinical studies at NIH increase during the spring and summer months when donations are at their lowest,” she said. “There are a lot of people just trying to make ends meet. Feds Feed Families gives us an extra boost that can last into the fall months.”

Over at the inn, there are three kitchens, each with a “help yourself” pantry stocked daily with non-perishable items. The campaign helps keep the inn’s pantries full.

“We are incredibly grateful to the NIH community in donating these food items to help meet the basic needs of our families during the summer months when donations are very slow,” said Laura King, senior director of volunteers and community outreach at the inn.

For a complete list of on- and off-campus donation box sites, visit www.ors.od.nih.gov/FedsFeedFamilies/Pages/default.aspx.—Eric Bock


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