This summer, USDA will unite to lead the 9th Annual Feds Feed Families campaign with the support of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and other agency partners. This annual food drive began as part of the United We Serve campaign and is designed to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months, a time when they traditionally encounter decreases in donations and increases in the need for assistance. Through the amazing generosity of employees and sponsors, the food drive has collected nearly 70 million pounds of food for those in need since the food drive began in 2009. Last year alone over 12.5 million pounds were collected nationwide.
The 2017 Feds Feed Families Food Drive began nationwide June 1, 2017 and will end on August 31, 2017. As a world-wide leader on issues of food and hunger, USDA has been one of the leading agencies in total contributions over the past seven years. The local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), along with the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD), have teamed up to make this food drive a success for Cumberland County. Their plan is to give the donated items locally to the Crab Orchard Care Center, House of Hope and the Bread of Life Missions. The food drive is requesting help in reaching the goal. Even though this is a food drive,they will accept other items as well such as household paper products, cleaning products, personal care products for adults and children and linens. The food items are the standard needs of any household kitchen, preferably non-perishable items.
The local USDA Service Center is located at 314 Old Jamestown Hwy, Crossville, TN and can be reached by phone at (931) 484-6520 ext 2 or ext 3. Donated items can be dropped off at the Service Center between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, until August 31, 2017.