The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enlisted the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in the war against hunger, and you can help by participating in the 2018 Feds Feed Families program!
September is a great time to join this effort, because it’s Hunger Action Month! According to the nonprofit organization Feeding America, this is “a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.”
“September is Hunger Action Month… a month to spread the word[,…] take action on the hunger crisis… and dedicate ourselves to a solution.”
The Problem: Hunger in America
By The Numbers: 2017
According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in the United States during 2017:
- 40 million people lived in food-insecure households
- 7 million adults lived in households with very low food security
- 5 million children lived in food insecure households in which children, along with adults, were food insecure
- 540,000 children (0.7% of children) lived in households in which one or more child experienced very low food security.
What is Food-Secure?
According to the USDA-ERS, food-secure households had access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
How You Can Help
You can take part in this year’s campaign by donating nonperishable and personal hygiene products at any participating commissary through Oct. 15. You may do so in three ways:
- Purchasing a prepackaged donation bag at select commissaries
- Purchasing products for donation in-store
- Bringing donations from home
Your Donations Make a Difference
- Last year, Americans donated and provided to food banks and pantries more than 10.4 million pounds of food through Feds Feed Families.
- DoD collected 2.6 million pounds of grocery items in 2017 through Feds Feed Families, with nearly 60% of the department’s total – 1.5 million pounds – collected through the commissary system.
“We’ve got it down to a fine art now… it’s pretty smooth and the stores are used to doing it.”
-Randy Eller, chief of the Defense Commissary Agency’s U.S. distribution, equipment, property and recycling division
Click through the tabs below to read more details about many of these categories!
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruits
- Canned Proteins
- Multigrain Cereal
- 100% Juice
- Household Products
- Hygiene Products
- Low-sodium, no salt
- In light syrup or its own juices
- Peanut Butter
- Beef Stew
- Chicken Noodle
- Tomato-Based Sauces
- Light Soy Sauce
- Salad Dressing
- Individually-Packed Snacks
- Trail Mix
- Dried Fruit
- Granola & Cereal Bars
- Sandwich Crackers
- All sizes, including juice boxes
- Brown & White Rice
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Paper Towels
- Cleaning Supplies
- Men’s & Women’s Deodorants
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Toilet Paper
Are you planning to participate in this year’s Feds Feed Families campaign at Your Commissary, or have you already? If so, comment below to tell us about it and let us know why it’s important to you!