Commissaries support ‘Feds Feed Families’ initiative

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Feds Feed Families Logo

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Donations help food banks

Jessica Rouse, Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissary employees and customers are working together again this year to collect donations for the “Feds Feed Families” campaign.

The campaign, which began June 1 and runs through the end of August, collects much-needed items for local food banks.

Nonperishable items, like canned meats, fruits and veggies, are in high demand at food banks. (File photo)

Nonperishable items, like canned meats, fruits and veggies, are in high demand at food banks. (File photo)

Customers and employees can donate nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to the campaign using marked bins located at the entries or exits of participating commissaries.

“Contributing to the communities that surround our stores is important to the commissaries,” said Vicki Archileti, executive director of Infrastructure Support, Defense Commissary Agency. “Times are still tough for a lot of families, and with commissaries and our patrons working together, we hope to lessen that burden.”

Last year, commissaries collected almost 740,000 pounds, or 39 percent of the Department of Defense’s total, of items for local food banks. In 2013, DOD collected more than 1.9 million pounds, and donations from the entire federal government totaled 9 million pounds.

Commissaries will again serve as collection points for the campaign. Once the items have been collected, the installation will pick up the items and deliver them to a local food bank. Also, some commissaries are also selling prepackaged donations packages, which allow customers to purchase bags and then drop them in the collection bins before leaving the store.

Items Needed
The most-needed items for donations include the following:

•Canned vegetables, which are low sodium, no salt;

•Canned fruits, in light syrup or its own juices;

•Canned proteins, such as tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans;

•Soups like beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice;

•Condiments such as tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard and salad dressing or oils;

•Snacks like individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers;

•Multigrain cereal;

•100 percent juice in all sizes, including juice boxes;

•Grains such as brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese;

Soap, deodorants and shampoo are excellent donation items. (File photo)

Soap, deodorants and shampoo are excellent donation items. (File photo)

•Paper products and household items like paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies; and

•Hygiene items such as diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo.

Although no goals have been established for the 2014 campaign, the commissaries are confident that with the help of their patrons and employees the 2013 totals will be exceeded.

“For the last three years, our patrons and employees have never failed to make this campaign a success,” said Archileti. “We are looking forward to another great campaign year.”

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