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DOE Hosts Festival to Collect Items for Area Food Banks

July 1, 2012 - 12:00pm

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The DOE Feeds Families Fest and Hunger Awareness Event are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forrestal West Plaza in Washington, D.C.

The DOE Feeds Families Fest and Hunger Awareness Event are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forrestal West Plaza in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and a representative of the Capital Area Food Bank are among the guest speakers at an event this Tuesday, July 31, to collect food items for the DOE Feeds Families drive.

The DOE Feeds Families Fest and Hunger Awareness Event are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forrestal West Plaza in Washington, D.C. The fest features an outdoor barbecue, live music and dunk tank. Participants who bring at least five nonperishable food items pay a discounted price for the barbeque meal and drink and receive a free turn at the dunk tank. Educational materials on hunger in the local area also will be on hand.

In addition to Poneman, who chairs DOE Feeds Families, the other speakers are Capital Area Food Bank Food Resources Coordinator Molly McGlinchy and Feds Feed Families Campaign Program Manager Duane Williams.

For more information on Tuesday’s event contact Steve Domotor at Stephen.domotor@hq.doe.gov or Hans Yee at han.yee@hq.doe.gov.

Organizers are midway through their campaign to stock area food banks. The campaign runs June through August.
The campaign hopes to alleviate the severe shortage food banks in the Washington, D.C. region and U.S. face during the summer months. DOE hopes to collect at least 230,000 pounds of food this summer. So far, EM employees at headquarters and field sites have collected more than 11,300 pounds of food.
Designated collection boxes for nonperishable goods are located throughout federal workplaces. Most-needed items include canned fruits and vegetables, multigrain cereals, grains, soups, 100 percent juice drinks, condiments, snacks and baking goods.
Additional information on this year’s campaign is available here
 

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