Feeding families campaign fills food banks
July 13, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker Department of Defense employees are stepping up in an effort to help the hungry.
The Feds Feed Families Food Campaign runs through Aug. 31 and is a direct response to the “United We Serve Act,” signed by President Barack Obama in April 2009, calling on all Americans to contribute to the Nation’s economic recovery by serving in their communities.
The Defense Department goal is 733,800 pounds and Fort Rucker employees are encouraged to do their part to achieve that goal by bringing non-perishable food items to various locations throughout post during the campaign. Donations will be transported to the post food locker and excess donations will be taken to local food banks and homeless shelters.
According to Edwin “Mike” Burden, Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program Manager who heads up the campaign, donation drop-off points will be located at the Commissary, Main Post Chapel, Wings Chapel, Soldier Service Center, HHC 1st Avn. Bde. Food Locker and Picerne Neighborhood Centers.
“This year’s campaign theme is ‘Feeding Families One Fed at a Time’ and Fort Rucker employees have a history of generosity and selfless service when it comes to caring for those in need,” Burden said.
“The current economic crisis coupled with natural disasters facing our communities across our nation has greatly impacted our food bank supplies " the demand for food has been increasing while contributions simultaneously have decreased,” said Pat Tamburrino, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy and Defense campaign chair.
“We are proud to support this food drive. This campaign gives us the opportunity not only to help others, but to showcase what it means to be a true public servant and encourage others to participate,” Burden said.