Forest Service drive nets 215 pounds for Perry Co. Food Coalition | Community Spirit
Employees of the Tell City office of the Hoosier National Forest won a friendly competition with their Bedford counterparts recently, bringing in 215 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables as part of a food drive through the Department of Agriculture.
In all, Hoosier National Forest employees brought over 500 pounds for local food pantries as part of the USDA’s annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive. Each summer food banks across the country face severe shortages of non-perishable items, as children are left without school breakfast and lunch programs.
For the past four years federal employees across the country have generously donated almost 3 million pounds of food each year. The Bedford office of the Hoosier National Forest participated in a small way in past years but in 2012 the Tell City office also joined to make a concerted effort to raise the bar and surpass previous years’ efforts.
The Bedford office has roughly twice the employees of the Tell City office- so to win the competition, Bedford had to bring in twice as much food.
At the end of August, the Bedford office had brought in 292 pounds of food, and the Tell City office had contributed 215 pounds. Though the Tell City office won the bragging rights for this year, the real winners are the families that benefit from the donations to the food pantries.
The Tell City office donated their 215 pounds of food to the Perry County Food Coalition. The Coalition divides the food between the local food banks. The Bedford office donated 292 pounds of food to the LIFE Food Pantry.