Fort McCoy News September 27, 2013

McCoy donates more than 1,100 pounds of food items

The Fort McCoy community donated 1,137 pounds of non-perishable food items during the recent Feds Feed Families campaign.

Capt. Matthew Wright, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, said the 2013 donations were given to the Neighbor for Neighbor program in Tomah.

The Fort McCoy Commissary has participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Feds Feed Families campaign for the past three years, said Michael Waddell, Fort McCoy Commissary secretary. Donations in 2012 went to the Couleecap Food Pantry in Sparta; the 2011 donations also were given to the Neighbor for Neighbor program. Each year, the garrison commander chooses a community organization to receive the food donations.

According to the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), the organization participated in this year's campaign "because children and Families continued to be in great need of donated food this summer. Food bank stocks have been depleted due to the economic downturn and natural disasters that continue to occur." The USDA fielded the program to provide an opportunity for federal employees and others to donate non-perishable food items to support local food banks. This year marked the fifth Feds Feed Family campaign.

In 2012, the Feds Feed Family program collected more than 7.2 million pounds of food, with a total of 15.2 million pounds being collected since the program began in 2009.

Donation locations for the 2013 program at Fort McCoy were established at the Commissary and throughout the installation. The garrison was involved in designating the receiving food bank, collecting donated food and delivering it to the receiving organization, Wright said.

People who still wish to donate to food pantries are encouraged to donate to their local pantries.

(Information in the story is from the Defense Commissary Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.)