Anchorage, Alaska, Jun 14, 2012 -- USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today announced USDA-Rural Development is joining federal agencies nationwide in this year’s “Feds Feed Families” food drive.
“The Feds Feed Families program for 2012 is now underway across the nation. While so many Alaskans are enjoying the summer season, we know so many are hungry and need the help and generosity of community. Food banks across the State of Alaska and around the country face critical shortages. Sadly it’s just as summer begins and children are left without school nutrition programs,” said Nordlund.
Like many agencies, USDA-RD is also concerned that older Alaskans, those who are homeless and others less fortunate may likewise face hunger. Many of these groups live at or below the poverty level with little or no support mechanism which compounds the issue of going hungry. Old or young, hunger and lack of a balanced diet can lead to poor health and add to an already overburdened heath care system.
“Last year, our federal workforce collected a mind-blowing eight million pounds of food and non-perishable items nationwide; nearly two and a half tons came from donations in Alaska to food banks around the state. This year, we will continue to support our neighbors, families and communities across the nation and here at home in Alaska,” added Nordlund.
No one should go hungry. Please consider dropping your donations off at your local USDA service agency office. Locate them at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/AKHome.html – click “Alaska State Contacts” link, or contact Cynthia Jackson at (907) 761-7723.
For more information on the FFF program, please visit: http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov.