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Retiree Mike Roden Sparks Food Drive


Mike Roden

 Mike Roden's retirement gift from NRCS friends is 515 pounds of food that he donated to area church.

June 30, 2011

For the second consecutive year, the Alabama NRCS North Team employees and several of its partners pooled their resources to support the “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” food drive.

As part of a planned area meeting in Cullman, Alabama, 515 pounds of food was collected. Personal and household supplies for tornado victims or persons in need were also collected.

The generous food donations were in lieu of retirement gifts to Mike Roden who said good bye to NRCS effective July 2, 2011. Mike had requested that he not receive any gifts, but was supportive of sharing gifts of food and supplies to help those in need.

All agreed the donations were a fitting tribute to Mike’s 32 years of dedicated service to SCS/NRCS. Twenty-two of those years, Mike worked as an RC&D Coordinator to improve the quality of life in the rural communities of the eight North Alabama counties he served.

Mike and his wife, Tammy, delivered the food and supplies to First United Methodist Church in Cullman, Alabama. The donations will be part of community outreach effort that supports the low income Hispanic population in the area.

Many north Alabama families are still dealing with the after effects of the April 27th tornados and many families are struggling with loss of employment.  The Alabama NRCS North Team was eager to take the opportunity to give back to the community. The North Team NRCS employees and their partners have been encouraged to help food banks in their local communities during the on-going “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” food drive.

Nationally, NRCS has set a goal of 50,000 pounds of donated food from its employees.