The final USDA Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families event, a food sculpture contest, was held August 19, at the Whitten Patio, in the USDA National Office in Washington, D.C. There were five USDA Agency teams competing. USDA Rural Development took first place! We had a great team that planned and worked well together and had a lot of fun in bringing home the win. The judges commented that our entry best tied together rural America, farms, and food and was the most original. The food drive is nationwide and continues through August 31st. For more information, click here.
The food drive makes a big difference. Last summer, federal employees around the country donated more than 1 million pounds of nonperishable food for those in need.
This summer, the USDA agencies across the nation set a goal of 1.2 million pounds. Feds from Washington State to Rhode Island and everywhere in between are participating in the drive. The food drive comes at a crucial time of year, because summer is the time of highest demand for emergency food. It’s because school’s out for the summer and children are often not able to obtain meals from the school nutrition programs.