DOE breaks all-time record for annual food drive at Paducah site

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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) – The Department of Energy and site contractors have donated sufficient food to the program.

The donations filled a 53-foot semi-trailer with more than 42,000 pounds of food, which will be donated to nine regional charities.

This donation was the largest ever since the site began participating in the program.

Beverly Conner, a volunteer with the Lighthouse Community Food Bank, loads groceries into bags to distribute to families in Ballard County.(Lighthouse Community Food Bank)

The DOE, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC, Swift & Staley Inc., Enterprise Technical Assistance Services Inc., and Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC, participated in a virtual food drive to support the federal government‘s Feds Feed Families program.

Virtual food drive is when donors donate online rather than in person and allows charities to purchase food with the funds raised.

“The Feds Feed Families program was created to help local pantries and food banks stock their shelves during the summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in the needs of their communities. It’s a great way for DOE and our contractors to give back to the communities we all love, ”said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site Manager at the DOE Project Office in Portsmouth / Paducah.

The company said this year’s campaign benefited Marcella’s Kitchen in Marshall County, Community Kitchen, Paducah Co-op Departments, Martha’s Vineyard, The Salvation Army, River City Mission in the McCracken County, St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Lighthouse Community Food Bank in Ballard County, and COPE Food Pantry. in Massac County, Illinois.

The past 18 months have put a strain on local food banks and other charities.  Padua ...
The past 18 months have put a strain on local food banks and other charities. The Paducah Cooperative Ministry will distribute groceries purchased under the Feds Feed Families program to families in the area in need of support.(Co-operative Ministry of Paducah)

“Co-operative Ministry of Paducah [PCM] is blessed to be included in this generous effort to help relieve struggling families in our community. Our region cares deeply for each other and we cannot stand the idea that someone is ever hungry. PCM would like to thank the US Department of Energy’s Paducah site and the Feds Feed Families project for lending a helping hand, ”said director Heidi Suhrheinrich, PCM executive.

This national campaign has collected over 99 million pounds of food since its inception in 2009.

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