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Two Can Tuesdays
Bring two cans each Tuesday during the campaign

Fill the Truck Day at Building 1
Program Kick-Off: June 14
8:00 am -- 11:00 am
Congratulations to NCI for winning the Food Fight Challenge with 1,024 lbs of non-perishable donations!
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Special recognition goes to NHGRI for the most creative display of non-perishable items!
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The Feds Feed Families Campaign at NIH is sponsored by the Office of Research Services and the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management.

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Help Knock Out Hunger by Donating to the Feds Feed Families Campaign at NIH!

Since 2009, federal workers have served families across America by donating non-perishable food items to food banks through the Feds Feed Families (FFF) Campaign. In just over six years, the campaign has received over 69.8 million pounds of donations.  Due to the support of our generous givers, NIH collected over 30,000 pounds in 2016!

This summer NIH staff can again make a difference and knock out hunger! NIH’s 2017 campaign goal is 31,000 pounds of donations and will kick off on Wednesday, June 14 and will run through August 31. All staff are welcome to donate unexpired, non-perishable items in one of five ways:

  • ​​The successful NIH Fighting Hunger Voucher Program is again being led by Eurest Dining Services from June 14 until August 11. All monies collected from these vouchers will be used to purchase non-perishable items to help Eurest reach its collection goal of $5,500, which will count toward the NIH goal. Vouchers will be available in NIH Cafeterias: Building 10 ACRF, 10 B1 Level, 31, 35A, 41, and 45. Building 1 cafe and 10 (Au Bon Pain) will also participate.
  • Donate items at any of the on- and off-campus drop-box locations listed below
  • Drop off donations at a number of special events, such as Take a Hike Day and Safety, Health and Wellness Day
  • Donate goods online via your preferred online grocery retailer.
  • The Capital Area Food Bank allows visitors to donate through its secure website. Online donations can be made towards the Feds Feed Families campaign hereExternal Website. For each donated $1, 3 pounds of food will be credited to NIH -- which is a great ratio! (To ensure that NIH receives credit, donors should send donation confirmation receipts to and enter "NIH" as the organization in the comments of the Capital Area Food Bank website. You have the option to remain anonymous).

Please e-mail with your questions and see below for more information on the program:


NIH donations will be directed to three organizations: the Children’s Inn at NIH, the Safra Family Lodge, and the Capital Area Food Bank. 


You may donate unexpired, unopened, undamaged, non-perishable food and grocery items for babies, kids, adults and pets. Most wanted items by the Capital Area Food Bank include the following:

  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • Canned vegetables and fruits  (low sodium/sugar)
  • Dry Goods - cereal, grains and pastas
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Healthy snacks (applesauce cups, raisins, granola bars, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • 100% Juice (all sizes -- including juice boxes)
The Capital Area Food Bank no longer accepts pet food donations, however pet food collected in the DC Metro Regions will be donated to City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties or the Humane Rescue Alliance.

Below is a list of the most needed items by The Children's Inn at NIH:

  • White rice
  • Individual cereal boxes
  • Pudding cups
  • Jello cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Jelly
  • Olive oil
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta mixes
  • Pizza sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Raisins
  • Shelf-stable milk (preferably Horizon -- reduced fat, regular, vanilla and chocolate)
  • Applesauce (squeeze)
  • Granola bars
  • Tuna cracker kits
  • Dried fruit
  • Raisin/craisin boxes
  • Individual-sized snacks
  • International food
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottled water
  • Spices
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Nutella and nutella kits
To view The Children's Inn Amazon wish list, click hereExternal Website.

The following list contains the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge's most needed items:

  • Soups (canned and cups)
  • Vegetables (microwavable, canned and frozen)
  • Canned spaghetti o's or something similar (for children)
  • Individual cereals (dry or hot)
  • Individual fruit cups (applesauce, peaches, mixed fruit, etc.)
  • Individual pudding cups
  • Healthy snack bars
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • All pastas (regular, wheat or gluten free)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice (white and brown)
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup)
  • Jelly
  • Cooking oils (vegetable, olive oil)
  • Spices
  • Freezer meals (individual and family sizes)
  • Food storage containers
  • Ziploc bags (small and large)
  • Juice (individual and large)
  • Bottled water
**Gluten-free options are appreciated!

Please NO expired items (over a year past the "best by" date).
NO opened or partially used items and NO glass due to collection constraints.


You can donate unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food items in four ways:


NIH Cafeterias will have "vouchers" available for sale at $1, $3 and $5 at each register beginning June 14 though August 11. All monies collected from these vouchers will be used to purchase non-perishable items. Vouchers will be available in the following NIH cafeterias: Building 10 ACRF, 10 B1 Level, 31, 41, 35A and 45.​ Buildings 1 cafe and 10 (Au Bon Pain) will also participate.

FFF ON- & OFF-CAMPUS DONATION BOXES: Drop off donations at any FFF box at on- and off-campus locations.

Main Campus
Building 1, Ground Level
Building 1, Cafe on 2nd Floor
Building 2, Ground Level
Building 3, Ground Level
Building 10,  ACRF Cafeteria (2nd Floor)
Building 10, B1 Cafeteria
Building 13, Lobby
Building 21, Main floor
Building 31, Cafeteria
Building 31, A Wing Lobby
Building 31, B3 Level Lobby
Building 35, Cafeteria
Building 38A, Near Elevators
Building 40, Lobby
Building 45, Cafeteria
Building 49, 4th Floor
Building 50, Lobby

Off Main Campus
301 N. Stonestreet Avenue, Lobby
​6001 Executive Blvd, Lobby
6011 Executive Blvd, Lobby
6100 Executive Blvd, Lobby
6705 Rockledge I, Lobby
6701 Rockledge II, Lobby
6710B Rockledge, Lobby
6555 Rock Spring Drive (Fernwood), Lobby
6701 Democracy I, Suite 206
6707 Democracy II, Elevator Lobbies on floors 6, 7, & 9
2115 East Jefferson, Lobby
5601 Fishers Lane, Lobby
5625 Fishers Lane, Lobby
5635 Fishers Lane, Lobby
5640 Fishers Lane, Lobby
7201 Wisconsin Ave., Gateway Bldg. 2nd Floor
8717 Grovemont Circle, Cafeteria
9609 Medical Center Drive (NCI Shady Grove), Terrace level
9800 Medical Center Drive, Main Lobby
11400 Rockville Pike, Rockwall 1, Suite 726
GDC Warehouse

Off Main Campus Lo​cations

Point of Contact

Donations Benefit

NCI -- Frederick: Building 427 Lobby

Melisa Porter

Frederick Rescue Mission

NIDA -- Baltimore

Mary Pfeiffer

Helping Up Mission

NIAID -- Montana

Katrina Matten

Haven House and Darby Bread Box​

NIEHS -- North Carolina

Monya Brace

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Durham Rescue Mission​

​NIDDK -- Phoenix ​Michelle West​
​Saint Mary's Food Center​

FFF SPECIAL EVENTS: Drop off donations at Fill the Truck Day

“Fill the Truck” day enables staff to drop off their donations to help fill a donation truck! "Fill the Truck Day" will occur at the beginning of the campaign: June 14: In front of Building 1, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Safety, Health and Wellness Day takes place on June 28th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at Building 10, South Lobby. This event is another opportunity for NIH employees to donate towards NIH's goal of 31,000 pounds.

ONLINE DONATIONS: Donate goods online via your preferred online grocery retailer*

Staff can purchase goods through any online retailer and ship donations directly to the Safra Lodge, The Children’s Inn at NIH, and/or the Capital Area Food Bank using the addresses below. Please forward a list of items you donated (via receipt and preferably with weight listed) to to ensure NIH receives the proper credit for your donation. 

National Institutes of Health
Attn: Feds Feed Families-HHS-NIH
Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge
65 Center Drive Room 104B
Bethesda, MD 20892

National Institutes of Health
Attn: Feds Feed Families-HHS-NIH
The Children’s Inn at NIH
7 West Drive
Bethesda, MD  20892

Capital Area Food Bank
Attn: Feds Feed Families-HHS-NIH
4900 Puerto Rico Ave., NE
Washington, DC  20017

*Shipping fees may apply.


If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact the NIH Coordinator Ms. Shrylnee Speed at and follow @NIHEmplSrvcs​ on Twitter. Tweet your FFF pictures using #NIHFeedsFamilies. 

NIH Employee Services Team