07/12/2013 -- Editor’s Note: The below article was provided by the Defense Commissary Agency from its Fort Lee, Va., headquarters.
FORT LEE, Va. - Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s Commissary is among numerous commissaries, which are serving again as collection points on military installations for the 5th annual Feds Feed Families food drive campaign currently under way.
This year’s campaign, which began June 1, runs through Aug. 31.
Military customers and federal employees may donate nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to the campaign using marked bins located at the entries or exits of participating commissaries.
The marked bin is located at the front entrance of the base’s Commissary.
Donations to the program help charitable organizations such as the local food bank.
Donations here will be distributed to the Second Harvest of South Georgia Food Bank in Albany, Ga., according to Cynthia Blair, store director, Commissary, MCLB Albany.
The base’s Commissary is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. It’s closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
“We come together to feed these families with severe hunger,” Blair said. “This is an opportunity for everyone to help one another.
This year, Defense Commissary Agency employees at the agency’s Fort Lee, Va., headquarters and at 180 commissaries in 46 states and Puerto Rico are collecting donations.Last year, more than 660,000 pounds of items were donated at Commissary locations.
Overall, the combined total for all federal agencies in the 2012 campaign was 7.2 million pounds; commissaries collected 30 percent of the Department of Defense total.
Once again, some commissaries will sell donation packages that allow customers to purchase a package and drop it in donation bins as they leave the store.
Last year, commissaries sold more than 9,000 donation packages, totaling more than $83,000.
The most needed items active-duty military, retirees, civil servants and family members, may donate at the base’s Commissary include:
Canned vegetables - low sodium, no salt
Canned fruits - in light syrup or its own juices
Canned proteins - tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
Soups - beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
Condiments - tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
Snacks - individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
Baking goods - flour, baking soda, spices
One hundred percent juice - all sizes, including juice boxes
Grains - brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
Paper products and household items - paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies
Hygiene items - diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo
The Feds Feed Families food drive campaign grew out of the Serve America Act that created “United We Serve,” an initiative that urged Americans to contribute to the nation’s economic recovery by helping their communities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chief Human Capital Council are managing the campaign.
For more information or donation questions, call the base’s Commissary at 229-435-1721.