2021 Feds Feed Families
The 2021 Feds Feed Families Campaign launched on June 1, 2021, and is scheduled to run through August 31, 2021. Feds Feed Families was created to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. Through the amazing generosity of federal employees, the annual food drive has collected nearly 99 million pounds of food since the campaign began in 2009.
In 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees and their family members helped donate more than 7 million of pounds of food items. This year's campaign focuses on online donations and virtual food drives and is purely voluntary. A few ways to get involved include activities such as:
- Donate Online: Purchase food online and have it delivered directly to a food bank or pantry.
- Drop off Donations: Find a local food pantry or food bank to drop off donations. Call ahead to confirm any special measures in place.
- Plant-A-Row: Plant an extra row of produce in your own garden or harvest unwanted produce from neighborhood gardens and orchards to donate.
- Volunteer: Contact a local food bank or pantry about volunteering to sort and package food donations.
- Field Gleaning: Contact local farms about gleaning opportunities to collect excess and unharvested foods to donate.
CBP employees and their family members are encouraged to record their donations through the online Record Donations Form via the Feds Feed Families Hub. The Feds Feed Families Hub offers Volunteer Resources, such as conversion rates for "in-kind" donations such as volunteering and field gleaning, and information on getting involved, recording donations, and sharing success stories. The Feds Feed Families Hub also provides resources such as volunteer guidelines, campaign handbooks, promotional materials, sign-ups and surveys to support local campaign drives.