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Feds Feed Families Wraps Up Successful Campaign to Stock Area Food Banks

August 1, 2012 - 12:00pm

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EM’s Nevada Site Office took first place in the site-submitted category of DOE’s CANstruction Sculpture Contest for its entry, shown here, inspired by London’s Tower Bridge during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

EM’s Nevada Site Office took first place in the site-submitted category of DOE’s CANstruction Sculpture Contest for its entry, shown here, inspired by London’s Tower Bridge during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

EM Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis Director Barry Gaffney throws the ball that sends Senior Advisor for Environmental Management 
David Huizenga into the dunk tank during an event to collect nonperishable food items for the DOE Feeds Families campaign.

EM Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis Director Barry Gaffney throws the ball that sends Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga into the dunk tank during an event to collect nonperishable food items for the DOE Feeds Families campaign.

Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga stands after falling into a dunk tank during an event to collect nonperishable food items for the DOE Feeds Families campaign.

Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga stands after falling into a dunk tank during an event to collect nonperishable food items for the DOE Feeds Families campaign.

EM’s Nevada Site Office took first place in the site-submitted category of DOE’s CANstruction Sculpture Contest for its entry, shown here, inspired by London’s Tower Bridge during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
EM Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis Director Barry Gaffney throws the ball that sends Senior Advisor for Environmental Management 
David Huizenga into the dunk tank during an event to collect nonperishable food items for the DOE Feeds Families campaign.
Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga stands after falling into a dunk tank during an event to collect nonperishable food items for the DOE Feeds Families campaign.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The fourth annual Feds Feed Families, an effort by DOE and other federal agencies to stock area food banks, has entered the homestretch of its campaign that ends this month.

EM employees have been working diligently on behalf of the DOE Feeds Families drive to alleviate the severe shortage food banks in the Washington, D.C. region and U.S. face during the summer months.

DOE has held multiple events to encourage participation in the drive, which began in June. For example, EM sponsored a raffle to give away four tickets to a Washington Nationals baseball game on Aug. 20. Contestants entered the raffle each time they donated an item. Randall Kaltreider, with EM’s Office of Nuclear Material Disposition, won the raffle.

DOE held the CANstruction Sculpture Contest Aug. 21. Competitors created sculptures made of items donated to the drive. EM’s Nevada Site Office took first place in the site-submitted category with its sculpture inspired by London’s Tower Bridge during the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the DOE headquarters division, the Office of Legacy Management won first place — with its sculpture of a food donation delivery truck — followed by the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence in second and the National Treasury Employees Union team in third. These finishers received trophies presented by Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy Melvin G. Williams Jr.

In late July, DOE Feeds Families hosted an outdoor festival and Hunger Awareness Event at DOE headquarters to increase donations to the drive. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Capital Area Food Bank Resources Coordinator Molly McGlinchy and Feds Feed Families Campaign Program Manager Duane Williams spoke at the event, which featured an outdoor barbecue, live music and a dunk tank. Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga was among the volunteers to get dunked. Participants who brought at least five
nonperishable food items paid a discounted price for the barbeque and received a free turn at the dunk tank.

Officials with the DOE campaign and DOE senior management will recognize individuals at headquarters and the sites who join the DOE Hall of Fame and Heavy Hitters clubs. The Hall of Fame is for individuals who donate 250 pounds or more of nonperishable items, and the Heavy
Hitters club honors those who donate 1,000 pounds or more.

So far, three EM employees have entered the Hall of Fame, and another EM employee made it to the Heavy Hitter club. All of those employees work at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. At headquarters, EM’s Office of Program Planning and Budget donated 271 pounds to the campaign, and EM’s front office staff made a donation 390 pounds.

Last year, DOE and other participants in the Feds Feed Families campaign donated a record 5,793,446 pounds of items, far outpacing the goal to gather 2 million pounds. This year, the campaign challenged participants to exceed previous campaign collection goals.

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