• Feds Feed Families food drive underway

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Feds Feed Families campaign is underway and will run through August 1.
    Started by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009, the Feds Feed Families campaign works to replenish food banks over the summer months, said Fort Leavenworth Commissary Manager Regenia Singletary.
    “(More than) 500 other federal agencies to include the (Department of Defense) have joined this cause and, as part of the DoD, the Defense Commissary Agency has (more than) 150 stores stateside ready to facilitate donations to aid those who need a little extra help,” Singletary said.
    Singletary said food bank donations dwindle during the summer months when they are not as encouraged, but natural disasters in 2017 proved that it’s just as important to donate during the summer.
    “There is just as big a demand in the summer months, too, and often the food banks run too low this time of year to support the demand,” she said. “In August (2017) with Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas, the call went out for most donations to be sent to San Antonio and it left local food banks in even shorter supply.”
    Since 2009, the campaign has collected nearly 80 million pounds of food with the Fort Leavenworth Commissary donating more than 7,800 pounds in 2017. Singletary said the goal is to double that amount.
    “We are hoping that through the generosity of the Fort Leavenworth community we will be able to fully stock the Fort Leavenworth food closet (secured by the Garrison Command) and send other needed donations to surrounding units and, if enough is raised, to a food bank of the Garrison’s choosing,” she said.
    To donate, Commissary patrons and employees have the option to buy a pre-made bag containing canned goods, dry beans, pasta, hot and cold cereal, canned meat, peanut butter and other high-demand items for $9.99 or they can purchase their own items and place them in the donation bins by the kiosk. Other needed items include toothpaste, shampoo, soap and laundry detergent, Singletary said.
    “This is a great humanitarian effort to support those in need,” Singletary said. “Through this campaign, we’re hoping to raise the awareness that there is always a time to share with those less fortunate or just going through a rough patch.”
    For more information, call the Commissary at 684-4903.
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