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Fort Riley DeCA takes part in Feds Feed Families program

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 30, 2014

Feds Feed 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 customers.

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 pounds. 
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