BOSTON—All summer long, cans of beans, boxes of pasta and other non-perishable food items rolled in from Boston Field Office (BFO) employees during the 2013 Feds Feed Families (FFF) annual food drive.
From June through Aug., CBP personnel generously donated more than two tons of goods which were transported to local food banks for distribution to New England families in need.
Several local food pantries collected the donations, including the Greater Boston Food Bank, Milton Family Community Center in Vt. and the Whiting Food Pantry in Maine.
"The amount of food is phenomenal," said Food Shelf Manager Cheryl Alwine of the Milton Family Community Center. "It is very helpful with back to school needs. In many instances, the subsidized school lunches are the only meal of the day for these kids and the food bank helps to fill in the holes. We are very grateful for the amount of food donated and the generosity of all involved!"
The BFO donated a total of 4,793 pounds of food during the fifth year of the FFF, originally started in 2009 by former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry.
"Once again, CBP personnel have given generously to those in need," said Director of Field Operations Kevin Weeks. "We are proud to not only protect the communities we serve, but to also contribute to those who need basic assistance."
Food banks report that donations typically slow down in the summer months when the need for assistance increases. For every $1 worth of food, an average of three meals can be provided for those in need.
Since 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected 15.2 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.