Kearney, Nebraska, Sep 22, 2011 -- The Buffalo-Sherman County USDA Service Center in Kearney, Nebraska collected 2,831 pounds of food through the “Feds Feed Families” campaign which is a government-wide effort led by the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The food drive ran June 1, 2011 through August 31, 2011.
The food was donated to the Spirit of Life Food Bank at Elm Creek, Nebraska; The SAFE Center, First United Methodist Church, The Salvation Army and Mid Nebraska Community Services, all of Kearney, Nebraska.
A special example of food donation was through a local producer, CSS Farms, Inc. of Minden, Nebraska who donated 2,500 pounds of fresh grown potatoes. The potatoes were picked up in bulk and were then bagged individually by Farm Service Agency, Rural Development and Nebraska Resources Conservation Service staff members. The remaining 331 pounds came from staff donations.
Even with the support and assistance USDA offers tens of millions of Americans every day, hunger is a reality for the nearly one in six Americans who live in poverty. This food drive was another example of the way in which USDA employees work together to improve communities.