Feds Feed Families helps those in need across America

Brandon Bosworth

Contributing Writer

Navy and Marine personnel are aiming to collect nearly 400,000 pounds of food for the fourth annual Feds Feed Families campaign.

“Feds Feed Families is a charitable campaign that is led by the Office of Personnel Management. Federal agencies participate by donating canned goods and non-perishable food items to those in need,” said Lt. Thea Lopez, Department of the Navy component champion for Feds Feed Families. “This year’s goal for the Department of Defense is 1.5 million pounds and, within the Department of the Navy, it is 396,000 pounds.”

Although all non-perishable goods are appreciated, there are 12 items that appear on the campaign’s “most wanted” list, indicating that they are in high demand. These items include canned fruit in light syrup or its own juices, low sodium canned vegetables, multi-grain cereals, grains such as brown rice, canned proteins, soups, 100 percent juices, condiments, snacks, baking goods and hygiene items.

Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Brian Schoffstal, assigned to Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, is helping coordinate the Feds Feed Families program at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The goal for us is 7,000 pounds,” he said. “Charities benefitting from local collection efforts include the River of Life Mission, the Hawaii Food Bank and Goodwill.”

Dontations can be brought to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel. However, there are plans for additional drop-off locations. “We are working on setting up a network of donation spots around the base,” Schoffstal said.

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, stressed why this program is so important. The need is not going away,” he said. “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.”

The Feds Feed Families program will be accepting donations through Aug. 31.

For more information about the local program, call Schoffstal at 473-4512.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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