Families donations accepted thru August 31.
Each year the Fort Riley Defense
Commissary Agency participates in the Department of Defense program Feds Feed Families,
which runs from June 1 to Aug. 31.
The initiative helps federal
employees, including the military, give food to local food pantries and
charities to assist families in need.
The food collected by the Fort
Riley commissary goes to Open Door Community House, a local charity and food bank
located in Junction City.
“It’s a very good program and
it really helps our food pantries a lot. We really appreciate it,” said Flora
Lewis, executive director, Open Door Community House.
This year DeCA is changing up
its approach to the annual effort, and instead of just taking donations, the
store has made donation bags available and ready for purchase.
“I want the customers to
just be able to stand there while they are waiting in line and be able to
donate food easily,” said Marcie Scipio, secretary, DeCA, Fort Riley. “They just
have to pick up a bag.”
The bags are mostly brown
grocery bags full of food and hygiene items that can be purchased and donated by
Each bag has a list and picture
of its contents as well as a bar code to scan at the cash register.
Once a customer purchases a
bag for donation, a bagger takes it over to the donation box.
“The commissary made it so
easy to do some good in the community,” said one customer. “It was a no-brainer
to add a bag to our cart and put it in the collection just past check out.”
Most bags cost around $10 each
but vary in size and price for convenience.
Almost 1,000 pounds have already
been collected with more than a month and a half to go.
“This year it’s going so well,”
Scipio said. “It’s an awesome program. I hope everyone buys a bag if they can.”
Scipio said the goal for this year’s donation is 6,000