NCI at Frederick Contributes to Feds Feed Families

By Melissa Porter, Contributing Writer
Frederick Rescue Mission graphic

Once again, NCI at Frederick participated in the annual Feds Feed Families event, which challenges federal workers to help knock out hunger with a food drive. This year, NIH collected 26,315 pounds of non-perishable goods, beating its goal of collecting 20,000 pounds.

This includes over four tons of food that was collected at satellite locations, including NCI at Frederick. The food collected at NCI at Frederick was donated locally to the Frederick Rescue Mission. These donations help feed local families in need through the holiday season.

“As always, the NCI at Frederick employees step up to help others in need, and this is no exception,” said Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., associate director, NCI.

NCI at Frederick’s campaign kicks off each year in July and runs through the beginning of October. Throughout the campaign, there are “Two Can Tuesdays,” which encourage participants to bring in donations each Tuesday, and “Fill the Truck” events, which challenge employees to bring their donations directly to a truck parked at various locations throughout the campaign. This event began in 2009, and in 2014, NIH collected over 19,000 pounds of food, which was donated to local charities. 

Julie Hartman, program analyst, Office of Scientific Operations, NCI at Frederick, and one of the coordinators of this year’s collection, said, “It was very rewarding to take the food and goods that were donated by the NCI at Frederick people to the Frederick Rescue Mission. The mission was so appreciative.”