NCI at Frederick Surpasses Feds Feed Families Goal

By Marie Haughey, Staff Writer; contributed images
Two men's mug shots.

Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., director, OSO, and David Heimbrook, Ph.D., president, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., prepare to be locked in their offices for the day.

The 2016 Feds Feed Families campaign recently concluded, with the numbers released earlier this week. A grand total of 33,447 pounds of food were donated in less than three months, surpassing the goal of 28,000 pounds.

This is the third year in a row that NCI at Frederick has participated. In each of the last two years, NCI at Frederick donated about 550 pounds of food. This year, the community held special events and pushed to donate even more, almost doubling previous yearly totals by collecting 1,060 pounds!

On June 29, Take Your Child to Work Day, NCI at Frederick held a “Fill the Truck” event. A 10-foot truck was parked at Chandler and Wood Street, with the goal of filling the truck with non-perishable food items.

The Office of Scientific Operations (OSO) put their own spin on things with the “Lock In” event on August 12. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Craig Reynolds, director, OSO; Joel Schneider, scientific director, Center for Cancer Research; and David Heimbrook, president, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., were locked in their offices until 50 pounds of food were collected in their name.

Everyone donating to the campaign could “vote” for who to release by placing a donation in a box marked with that director’s name.

Feds Feed Families was launched in 2009 as part of President Obama’s United We Serve campaign, with the goal being to help stock food banks and pantries during the summer when they experience a decrease in donations, but an increase in need. The nationwide initiative seeks to involve all federal agencies.

With a strong showing for the third year in a row, the Feds Feed Families program looks forward to continued success at NCI at Frederick in 2017.

Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., director, OSO, and Jim Cherry, Ph.D, scientific program director, OSO.