MIAMI " Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Civilians assigned to U.S. Southern Command and supporting units have been hard at work helping those less fortunate; both in the conduct of their official duties and during their own time.

An opportunity exists for those working at SOUTHCOM headquarters, called Feeding South Florida Families " ONE FED AT A TIME.

The program is run by the South Florida Federal Executive Board, and represented here by Mary Ortiz, volunteer coordinator for the U.S. Army Garrison-Miami.

“We are supporting the Administration’s Feds Feed Families Food Drive by collecting non-perishable food items to replenish local food pantry supplies over the summer,” she said.

Non-perishable food is being collected at numerous federal agency locations from June 13 " August 31, 2011. At the headquarters, food can be dropped off at the Installation Services Building in the Army Community Services Office, room E2005, or parents using the Child Development Center can drop food off there.

Food pantries typically experience a drop in donations during the summer, while experiencing a rise in needs due in part to the absence of school feeding programs over the summer.

Food collected by federal agencies will be picked up for delivery to local pantries except where agencies have generously offered to deliver the food themselves.

The SFFEB has compiled a list of pantries in Miami Dade and Broward counties for agencies who wish to deliver their own collections.

Food Pickup Dates for agencies needing assistance will be June 30-July 1; July 28-29; September 1-2, 2011

Suggested Non-Perishables guide for donations to pantries.
Canned Fruits " in light syrup or its own juices
Canned Vegetables " low sodium, no salt added
Multigrain Cereal " cheerios, cornflakes, grape nuts, raisin bran
Grains " brown & white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, macaroni & cheese
Canned Proteins " tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter, beans
Soups " beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey rice, tomato
100% Juice " all sizes, including juice boxes
Condiments " tomato based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, oils
Snacks " individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola/cereal bars, pretzels, sandwich crackers
Paper Products & Household Items " paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies
Hygiene Items " diapers, deodorants for men & women, feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste, shampoo.

For more information contact Mary Ortiz at (305) 437-2665 or Michele Goldenberg at (954) 792-1109.