Yesterday, I went to the Capital Area Food Bank, one organization receiving food that federal personnel have been donating this summer. With me were Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry, and Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii.
You know, one of the things I am most proud of as a member of the Obama Administration is the commitment to service we've emphasized. First Lady Michelle Obama has done a great job calling attention to the very real problem of hunger that exists right here in the District. And earlier this summer, we helped her launch the United We Serve program.I want to thank John Berry for OPM's leadership on the food drive-–and DOT's own Linda Washington, who has done a great job coordinating our agency's donations.
We’ve set a goal at DOT along with our partners, the OPM, and the Capital Area Food Bank. We want to collect over 1 million pounds of food this summer to help refill empty shelves at local food banks.
Our next collection date is this Friday, and we hope to keep the donations pouring in.
In these hard times, it’s important to remember how fortunate many of us are, and it's important for those of us who have been so fortunate to help those who are struggling.
So, we at DOT are going to continue to do our part-–I hope all of you will do what you can as well.