NCUA Quadruples Food Pantry Fundraising
Employees of the NCUA and its offices nationwide scored a strike against hunger this year by collecting an estimated 92,950 pounds of food as part of the USDA’s sixth annual Feds Feed Families campaign.
This volume is roughly four times that of years past, largely because the effort was coordinated by the agency to include all of its offices, not just its headquarters. Enough food was gathered to provide 62,000 meals, or three meals per day for 55 people for one year.
The NCUA noted in its news release the 92,950-pound donation is the equivalent to the weight of six large African elephants, 21 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, 62 trees, 13,286 average newborn babies, or 245,156 iPhones. (Click to expand the infographic.)
“The results speak volumes about the types of people who work for NCUA: People who take initiative and care,” NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said. “This year, NCUA’s staff not only set a new record in terms of the amount of food they donated, but they were very creative in coming up with ways to make the food drive engaging.”
This year’s food drive included several new teambuilding activities, including lunchtime tournaments like Cornhole, the popular bean-bag tailgating game, as well as door decorating competitions and a “CANstruction” contest, in which offices built structures with cans of food they collected. Food banks around the country benefited from the NCUA’s donations.
The NCUA’s Region V office, in Tempe, Ariz., led the agency by contributing 25,227 pounds of food. Staff in the NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance made the largest contribution from the agency’s central office, collecting 12,521 pounds. The Office of Public and Congressional Affairs came in a close second with 12,238 pounds. Working as one group, the NCUA Board and Office of the Executive Director gave 5,299 pounds.
The agency’s largest single donor in 2014 was again Todd M. Harper, the NCUA’s director of Public and Congressional Affairs. Harper, who chaired this year’s food drive at the NCUA, personally donated 6,070 pounds of food.
In all, 78 NCUA employees reached donation levels that qualified them for the Feds Feed Families Hall of Fame: 20 reached the Platinum level (1,000 pounds or more), 26 reached the Gold level (500–1,000 pounds) and 32 reached the Silver level (250–500 pounds).
The sixth annual Feds Feed Families food drive ran June 1–Aug. 27. During the first five years of the food drive, federal workers collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.