I’m proud to be part of an administration that is committed to service. Our President and First Lady have called attention to the very real issue of hunger, a problem that exists here in Washington as it does in many communities across the nation.
It is no surprise that Federal employees have responded to the First Family's call. And this summer, as we did in 2009 and 2010, DOT is an active participant in the third annual Feds Feed Families food drive.
The Feds Feed Families mission is simple: use Federal employees to collect as much food as possible for area food shelters. This undertaking is especially important in the summer months, a time when shelters are low on food and children aren’t getting meals in their schools.
The goal of the overall 2011 drive is to collect two million pounds of food. While that's an ambitious benchmark, we believe it’s attainable. Especially when the Federal workforce exceeded its 2010 goal.
Here at DOT, we’re aiming to collect 58,100 pounds of food. We’ve raised the stakes by hosting an exciting intra-agency competition to see which agency can collect the most food.
And it doesn’t stop there. Last week, we held our annual Can Castle Competition, where teams from each DOT agency have three hours to build the most creative structure using donated food.
Regardless of which intra-agency team wins each year, these donations remind us of how fortunate many of us are, and how important it is to help those who are struggling. I’m proud to see the tremendous generosity of the DOT family and the entire Federal workforce.
With a few weeks left in the drive, Federal employees can extend even more generosity by bringing in more canned food. From now until the end of August, I urge you to, please, drop your food items at a Feds Feed Families receptacle near you.