Natick Soldier Systems Center's Army Community Services is spearheading this year's local "Feds Feed Families" food campaign. Feds Feed Families is a government-wide effort led by the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In this difficult economy, the need for non-perishable items at food banks has grown over the past few years, and many children have been left without school nutrition programs during summer breaks. This causes many food banks around the country to operate with severe shortages of non-perishable items, including our local Natick food banks.

To help mitigate some of the local shortages, the NSSC community is fully engaging the nationwide Feds Feed Families 2011 campaign, which runs to the end of August. There is a suggested goal that each donor provides at least one meal's worth of non-perishable items. That way, many families in the local area would receive assistance that they otherwise couldn't afford for their own homes/families.

Currently on NSSC, there are three collection points for Feds Feed Families, and these collection points have been sponsored by the Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

Non-perishable food drop-off locations are: Army Community Service, Building 38 (ACS and Chaplain area); 1st floor of Building 4, Room D-107 (NSRDEC); and the main entrance of Building 86 (Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and USARIEM).

ACS hopes that you, as a group or individual, will join us in helping to meet the challenge as we continue to coordinate with the local township officials and collect non-perishable food items to be distributed to the Natick off-post community food assistance locations.

Remember, every little bit helps a family in need.

ACS Director Kent D. Brickman, telephone (508) 233-4485, will remain the primary point of contact. ACS Information and Follow-Up Program Manager Jaylynn Richard, (508) 233-5377, will continue in a supporting role. For more information, visit the Feds Feed Families website at