By Shannon Bishop
USAG Public Affairs
Food items and non perishable goods will be collected at a variety of locations on post from now through August 31, 2011 as part of the nationwide, government Feds Feed Families program.The Feds Feed Families program is in its third year, serving local communities as part of the United We Serve Act signed by President Obama in 2009.
This year's most wanted items include canned fruits and vegetables, multigrain cereal, grains such as rice, oatmeal and pasta, proteins such as tuna, chicken and peanut butter, soups, paper products, household items, and hygiene items.
The transportation office at Fort Detrick will collect donations each week and weigh them in hopes of contributing to the nationwide goal of 2 million pounds of food and non perishable goods. After weighing, donations will be transported to the Community Action Agency in downtown Frederick for distribution in the community.In the first week of this year's program,
Fort Detrick collected 294 pounds of food from 21 locations on post."People are usually generous around the holidays, but forget that there are people starving all year long," said Michelle Hewitt, manager of the Exceptional Family Member Program, in response to why the Feds Feed Families program takes place during the summer.
"The need has not gone away," according to John Berry, director of Office of Personnel Management. "In too many families, one or both parents are still searching for work. Children are now out of school, and so they aren't benefiting from school nutrition programs. The need is even greater throughout our country this year."
For more information on what items can be donated visit www.fedfeedfamilies..gov. For more information about the program at Fort Detrick contact Michelle Hewitt at (301) 619-3385 or by email, Mick.E.Hewitt@us.army.mil.