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DISA and JFHQ-DODIN fight hunger by donating 10,579 pounds of food

Defense Information Systems Agency and Joint Force Headquarters – DOD Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) employees across the globe participated in the 2017 Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign, donating a total of 10,579 pounds of food and other items to local food banks between June and August.

“Contributing to the 2017 Fed Feeds Families Campaign has been a pleasure because knowing that your efforts benefit a person in need is what makes it worthwhile,” said Kayla Andrews, a DISA quality of work life program analyst and chair of the agency’s FFF campaign.

Contributions from employees stationed at the combined Headquarters on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, totaled 6,754 pounds. Contributions from field activities totaled 3,825 pounds.

Several activities and special events helped to boost the agency’s collection efforts:

  • A bake sale provided employees with baked goods in exchange for a non-perishable food item donations.

  • During a Spin-A-Thon, cyclists donated goods before working out on indoor bikes.

  • A “Battle of the Centers” pitted DISA organizational elements against each other to collect the heaviest total weight in donations.

  • A chili cook-off encouraged donations by allowing individuals to exchange non-perishables for chili samples.

  • Employees who are active members of historically African-American Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities focused on donating more than 750 school supplies.

“Participating in Feds Feed Families was a rewarding experience and I highly recommend it,” said Dinah DeMuth, computer scientist for the Infrastructure Directorate’s Special Transport Branch and co-chair for the campaign. "I met many great people at the DISA Feds Feed Family events, at the farm where we participated in a gleaning event, and at the food bank, and I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who participated. In everything we do, let us continue to help each other, inspire hope, and reach new goals." 

Posted Sept. 20, 2017