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NNSA Administrator Kicks Off DOE's 'Feds Feed Families' Campaign

June 16, 2011 - 12:00am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas P. D'Agostino today helped the Department of Energy (DOE) kick off its third annual "Feds Feed Families" campaign to assist local food banks in replenishing supplies during the summer months.

DOE and NNSA, in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other Federal agencies are participating in the nationwide effort to raise 2 million pounds of non-perishable food items for food banks across the country. Administrator D'Agostino and DOE's Chief Human Capital Officer Mike Kane once again serve as DOE campaign co-chairs.

"The Feds Feed Families campaign is a great opportunity to help those in need during the summer season when food banks traditionally see a drop-off in donations and children lack access to free school lunch programs," said D'Agostino. "At the Department of Energy and NNSA, we know that serving our country begins with serving our community.  That is why I am proud to co-chair the Department's Feds Feeds Families Campaign for the second consecutive year."

For this summer's campaign, which concludes on Aug. 31, OPM has set DOE's goal at 132,000 pounds of non-perishable good. Last year, DOE exceeded its goal of 38,485 pounds of non-perishable goods by 300 percent with 120,014 pounds of donations.

DOE and NNSA employees can participate throughout the summer by dropping off non-perishable food items in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L'Enfant buildings, or at site offices.

This summer's campaign concludes on Aug., 31.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit the National Nuclear Security Administration website for more information.

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