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DOT supports Feds Feed Families annual campaign to fight hunger

DOT supports Feds Feed Families annual campaign to fight hunger

Photo of NHTSA Safercar.gov can sculpture being judged by Brodi Fontenot, Assistant Secretary for AdministrationYesterday afternoon, DOT employees at our headquarters in Washington, DC, turned out for our annual Can Castle Competition.  As part of the Feds Feed Families initiative, employees came together to build impressive displays out of cans, cereal boxes, and bottles of water to raise awareness for hunger.

While the can-sculpture competition is always a lot of fun, it also highlights a very serious issue.

Food banks around the country are facing severe shortages.  In the Washington, DC, metro area alone, over 640,000 local residents are at risk of being hungry – and 200,000 of them are children. This is a huge problem – for our neighbors, for our communities, and for our country. 

But it’s a problem Federal civil servants are working to fix. Since the Feds Feed Families campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected 15.2 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America. This year, we’re challenging Federal employees nationwide to donate two million pounds of food. 

Last year, DOT collected more than 17,000 pounds of food. And if I know the men and women of this Department, we won’t just meet that tally this year –we’ll far exceed it.

Photo of the RITA team posing with their winning GPS-themed can sculpture

Yesterday’s competition resulted in a number of grand Can Castles, but the Research and Innovative Technology Administration team came away with the win.  My thanks go out to everyone at DOT who participated, and to everyone who contributes to this year's Feds Feed Families campaign. 

By working together, we can help put an end to hunger in America.

John Porcari is Deputy U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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