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Rhode Island USDA staff exceed yearly food donation goal

Rhode Island USDA employees with items donated to the RI Food Bank.Rhode Island USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service employees rallied to donate 675 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Food Bank as part of the annual Feds Feed Families food drive. The donation surpassed previous years’ efforts; in 2017, the RI offices in Warwick collectively donated over 450 pounds of food.

The staff also came together for a service day at the food bank, helping to sort and process for distribution over 6,100 pounds of food for Rhode Island’s residents in need.

Feds Feed Families is a federal government-wide campaign created to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need.

USDA staff enjoyed a service day helping to pack food at the RI Food Bank.The Feds Feed Families Campaign measures results through pounds of food collected. Through the generosity of federal employees, the annual food drive has collected nearly 80 million pounds of food since the campaign began in 2009. Last year, more than 10.4 million pounds were donated and provided to food banks and pantries nationwide.

All federal agencies, including field components, were asked to participate in the campaign. The field agencies shared their collections with local food banks, ensuring that the FFF campaign stretched across America and was visible and active in every state. Additionally, special events such as the National Chili Cook-off and the annual weekend golf tournament brought in substantial food donations.