Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Aug 30, 2012 -- The USDA Scottsbluff Service Center held a barbecue to recognize local Agri-businesses and local producers who delivered more than 3,000 pounds of food to the Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) in Gering, Nebraska. The food was collected 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).
Stateline Bean Producers Cooperative, Kelley Bean Co., and Trinidad Benham Corporation combined donated 3,056 pounds of mixed dry edible beans, wild rice and popcorn. Western Sugar Company, a grower owned cooperative, donated 40 pounds of granulated sugar. The final amount of donations through the campaign in Scottsbluff and throughout Nebraska will be available next month.
Fresh produce donations came from the local People’s Garden grown by Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development and Natural Resources Conservation Service employees. The employees planted garden vegetables and harvested the food for the campaign. Those same employees have also contributed non-perishable items to the campaign.
“I would like to thank the USDA employees and local Agri-businesses for their work and donations to the “Feds Feed Families” campaign,” said Acting Deputy Administrator for Field Operations John Berge, Farm Service Agency. "Employees and their cooperators around the country have responded to this call for donations in a big way; we are hoping to surpass our annual goal."
CAPWN’s local programs provide a natural partnership for the “Feds Feed Families” campaign because they have an established avenue to distribute to people who are in need. Accepting the donation on behalf of CAPWN was Jennifer Rogers, Director of Family and Community Development. CAPWN serves low-income, disadvantaged and other individuals unable to meet their needs through other sources. “All of us at CAPWN are extremely grateful for this generous donation from local community members,” Rogers said. “This food will help us to ensure every family requesting assistance through our programs will be able to put locally produced, healthy food on their table.”
CAPWN is a non-profit organization serving Western Nebraska whose goal is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by helping people to help themselves and each other. CAPWN is made up of six main departments; the Child Development Programs, the Health Programs, the Youth Programs, the Housing Programs, the Asset Building Choices Programs, and the Family and Community Programs.