Employees of the Finger Lakes National Forests have launched an effort to feed local families in need. The food drive, known nationally as Feds Feed Families runs through August 31st and will benefit local food shelves in New York. The drive is being conducted in both Vermont and New York.
The Forest Service has set a goal of reaching 1,000 pounds of donated food by the end of August. Recognizing that this has been a been a difficult year for many families in New York and elsewhere, the Forest Service is stepping up in an effort to provide much needed food to families before the winter months. The Hector Ranger District on the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York will be working to gather food for a local food shelf.
Employees began donating non-perishable food items last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a whole has already contributed 78,518 pounds of food from more than 1,400 local food drives. The USDA has set a goal of reaching the 1.8 million pound mark by the end of August. To contribute, employees and the public can bring non-perishable food items and drop them off Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at one of the Forest Service locations listed below. Each year, while many American families go hungry, more than 100 billion pounds of food is thrown away in this country.
Hector — Ranger Station — 5218 State Route 414, Hector, NY — 607-546-4470
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