Office of Environmental Management

EM Sites Donate Thousands of Pounds of Food to People in Need

November 20, 2018

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Benjamin Crock served as a team lead for the Office of River Protection’s (ORP) Feds Feed Families campaign
Benjamin Crock served as a team lead for the Office of River Protection’s (ORP) Feds Feed Families campaign. ORP staff donated the equivalent of about 13,566 pounds of food for the local community between food and monetary contributions.

   EM federal and contractor employees across the DOE complex donated tens of thousands of pounds of food for people in need during this year’s annual Feds Feed Families campaign.

   At the Hanford Site, the Office of River Protection (ORP) exceeded its goal of 10,000 pounds of food donations. ORP employees collected 566 pounds of food and donated $2,165 to local food banks. The cash donations equal about 13,000 pounds of food, bringing the ORP campaign total to nearly 13,600 pounds.

   "These donations make a significant difference in our local community, and are especially needed as we get closer to the holidays," ORP Manager Brian Vance said. "I'm proud of our staff for their generosity and for exceeding our goal of 10,000 pounds for the second straight year."

Richland Operations Office employees consolidated food donations for delivery to the local food bank.
Richland Operations Office employees consolidated food donations for delivery to the local food bank.

   The Richland Operations Office (RL) beat its goal for this year’s campaign and gathered tons more in food donations than the previous year. A final push hauled in 5,000 pounds and brought the RL total to 8,097 pounds, surpassing by far the RL campaign goal of 3,000 pounds.

   “I’m very proud of Richland employees for stepping up for this great cause,” RL Manager Doug Shoop said. “Some friendly competition among our divisions helped boost donations, but the true benefit has been helping others in need together.”

Loading donated food items onto trucks at the Paducah Site.
From left, Gary Wilson of cleanup contractor Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, and Jason Story, Chris Moore, and Jeff Burnett of infrastructure contractor Swift & Staley load donated food items onto trucks at the Paducah Site.
Loading food donations at PPPO's Lexington, Kentucky office.
Employees of Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion contractor Mid-America Conversion Services load food donations at their Lexington, Kentucky office.
Dewintus Powell, left, of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, with Rob Downard of the Ross County Ohio Good Samaritan Network Food Pantry at a donation drop-off.
Dewintus Powell, left, of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, with Rob Downard of the Ross County Ohio Good Samaritan Network Food Pantry at a donation drop-off.

   The Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) sent more food to local nonprofits for distribution to people in need this year than ever before, said PPPO’s Susan Sparks, who coordinates the annual drive.

   “Thanks to the efforts of our employees and contractors, we added substantial weight to the shelves of Ohio and Kentucky charity food banks this year,” Sparks said.

   Employees at PPPO’s three locations collected nearly 30,000 pounds of donations. This included 20,333 pounds from the Paducah Site in Kentucky, 6,310 pounds from the Portsmouth Site in Ohio, and 3,089 pounds from PPPO’s office in Lexington, Kentucky.

Corpus Christi Food Pantry coordinators Diane and Phil Arnold accept food donations from EM Consolidated Business Center staff.
Corpus Christi Food Pantry coordinators Diane and Phil Arnold accept food donations from EM Consolidated Business Center staff.

   The Feds Feed Families campaign conducted by the EM Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) in Cincinnati supports food pantries across the Cincinnati area.

   EMCBC employees donated more than 1,100 pounds of food. The center noted that three employees each brought in over 200 pounds of items.

   “We have a great organization that shows their generosity and connection to our community in so many ways,” EMCBC Director Kash Grimes said. “Feds Feed Families is a wonderful cause and provides a great opportunity to give back in such a meaningful way.”

 

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