News | Aug. 21, 2020

Feds Feed Families campaign offered virtually

By Terri Johnson DLA Land and Maritime Protocol Office

The Feds Feed Families campaign is going virtual this year due to COVID-19. The local Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime campaign runs Aug. 24-31 and will focus on helping local community food banks. Some ways to get involved are:

  • Plant an extra row of produce in your garden and donate it.
  • Field Gleaning- team up with farmers to gather and donate their unwanted/unused crop.
  • Drop off food at a local pantry directly.
  • Order food online from your favorite grocery store and have it delivered directly to the food pantry of your choice.
  • Warehouse Gleaning- volunteer to sort and package food donations at a local food bank or pantry.
  • Volunteer directly with a food bank of your choice.

Please contact the food bank directly to make arrangements. Click here to search by zip code for a list of nearby food banks and contact information.

More information on this year’s virtual campaign can be found at the official campaign website.

After you have participated, you can record your volunteer hours, gleaning and food pantry donations. DLA employees recording donations, should select Executive Branch – Department of Defense – Defense Logistics Agency in the drop-down menu.

About the annual Feds Feed Families Campaign

2020 marks the 11th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families campaign, which encourages employees from all federal departments and agencies to give in-kind contributions – food, services, and time – to food banks and pantries. This year’s campaign highlights a summer of giving along with seasonal reminders to donate throughout the year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the designated lead agency for the National Feds Feeds Families campaign. The 2020 campaign focuses on online donations and virtual food drives, while also providing guidance for in-person donations and events as appropriate. Federal employees can visit the website to find out how and where to donate online or in-person at food banks and food pantries, how to find field or warehouse gleaning opportunities and how to share donation success stories.

Since Feds Feed Families launched in 2009, this campaign has collected more than 92 million pounds of food for donation. In 2019 alone, federal employees donated more than 2.8 million pounds.