The NCUA on Tuesday said that its donations to an annual food drive by federal employees was up nearly ten-fold from last year.
Agency employees donated more than 22,000 pounds of food in the Feds Feed Families drive this year, the agency said, enough to provide meals to more than 18,000 people in the D.C. area who might otherwise have gone without.
“The staff at NCUA really stepped up, and this year’s charity drive was nothing short of amazing,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said in a statement.
“In a time when food banks are reporting historically high levels of requests for help, NCUA staff responded to the need energetically and creatively. It’s a great feeling to know we’ve really helped alleviate hunger in the greater Washington area,” Matz said.
Donations included whole-grain foods, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and stews, high-protein foods and baking goods, the agency said.
Todd Harper, the NCUA’s director of public and congressional affairs, topped the list of givers, personally donating more than 4,000 pounds of food, the agency said. In all, 18 NCUA employees reached donation levels that qualified them for the Feds Feed Families Hall of Fame, the announcement said.