ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 13, 2013) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today recognized the National Credit Union Administration’s highly successful federal food drive effort, which resulted in a donation of more than 22,000 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank.
NCUA received the “Fired Up” Award as the agency with the largest increase in donations from 2012. The award was presented by Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and National Program Manager Douglas Keeler at a ceremony marking the end of this year’s Feds Feed Families food drive.
“NCUA’s employees really answered the call this year,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “Food banks across the country are reporting that more people are showing up needing help, and the usual increase that occurs in the last two months of the year actually began sooner than normal. It’s particularly gratifying to know our staff made this great extra effort in a time when the need has grown so quickly.”
NCUA’s 2013 donation was nearly 1,000 percent larger than the agency’s contribution for the previous year and was enough to provide more than 18,000 meals to Washington, D.C., area residents. Eighteen agency employees reached donation levels that qualified them for the Feds Feed Families Hall of Fame.
Donations included whole-grain foods, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and stews, high-protein foods and baking goods.
The Feds Feed Families program, a government-wide effort led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, began in 2009 and has collected nearly 25 million pounds of food.
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the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise
federal credit unions. With the backing of the full
faith and credit of the United States, NCUA operates
and manages the National Credit Union Share
Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of more than
98 million account holders in all federal credit
unions and the overwhelming majority of
state-chartered credit unions. At
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