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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 nine years, the campaign has received nearly 80 million pounds of donations.  Due to the support of our generous givers, NIH collected over 90,000 pounds in 2017!

This summer NIH staff can again make a difference and knock out hunger! NIH’s 2018 campaign goal is 32,000 pounds of donations and will kick off on Monday, August 6 and will run through October 5. All staff are welcome to donate unexpired, non-perishable items in one of six ways:

  • ​​The successful NIH Fighting Hunger Voucher Program is again being led by Eurest Dining Services from August 13 until October 5. All monies collected from these vouchers will be used to purchase non-perishable items to help Eurest reach its collection goal of $5,800, which will count toward the NIH goal. Vouchers will be available in NIH Cafeterias: Building 10 ACRF, 10 B1 Level, 31, 35A and 45. Building 1 cafe and 10 (Starbucks) will also participate.
  • Donate items at any of the on- and off-campus drop-box locations listed below.
  • Drop off donations at  the FFF table on the following Building 10 community market days: August 14, August 28 and September 25.
  • The Capital Area Food Bank allows you to donate online in multiple ways: (1) Donate money to CAFB; every dollar donated is equal to 3 pounds of food or (2) buy and ship goods to them online through Amazon and You Give Goods.*

  • The Children's Inn at NIH has an Amazon Wishlist that allows you to purchase donations online that will be sent directly to them.*
  • Donate goods online through your preferred online grocery retailer.*

* For online donations, please email reciepts to so that NIH receives credit for your donation.

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 and adults. 

Most wanted items by the Capital Area Food Bank include the following:


  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium, no salt added)
  • Grains (btown/white rice, pasta, macaroni & cheese)
  • Hot and Cold Cereal (oatmeal, cherrios, corn flakes, raisin bran)
  • Canned Tuna, Salmon or Chicken
  • 100% Juice (all sizes, including juice boxes)
  • Canned Fruits (in light syrup or its own juices)
  • Healthy Snacks (raisins, granola bars)
The Capital Area Food Bank no longer accepts pet food donations. 
To view the Capital Area Food Bank's Amazon Wishlist, click here. To view their You Give Goods Wishlist, click here.

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
  • Canned fruit, fruit cups, dried fruit, raisin/craisin boxes
  • Individual-sized snacks, especially healthy snacks (granola bars, pretzels, pudding, Jell-O, etc.) 
  • International food
  • Ramen/Cup of Noodles
  • 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 several ways:


NIH Cafeterias will have "vouchers" available for sale at $1, $3 and $5 at each register beginning August 13 though October 5. 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, 35A and 45.​ Buildings 1 Cafe and 10 (Starbucks) 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 3rd 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, 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
6700B Rockledge, Lobby
6701 Democracy 1, Elevator Lobbies on floors 8 and 9

6707 Democracy II, Elevator Lobbies on floors 6, 7, & 9

2115 East Jefferson, Lobby

5601 Fishers Lane, Lobby

5625 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, Suites 600 and 726


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, Durham Rescue Mission​ and VA Food Bank in Durham

​NIDDK -- Phoenix 

​Michelle West​

Grace Lutheran Church



IC Food Fight

This year's Food Fight competition will run from September 4 to September 27. Help your IC win by creating a canstruction! Winners will be selected based on creativity of their canstruction and number of donations collected.

ONLINE DONATIONS: Donate money to CAFB or donate goods online via your preferred online grocery retailer*

You can donate money directly to CAFB here. Every dollar donated is equal to 3 pounds of food! In addition to donating goods directly via You Give Goods and Amazon (for Children's Inn and CAFB), staff can also 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 Mrs. Courtney Bell at and follow @NIHEmplSrvcs​ on Twitter. Tweet your FFF pictures using #NIHFeedsFamilies. 


NIH Employee Services Team
Special Events
Two Can Tuesdays
Bring two cans each Tuesday during the campaign

Food Fight
Entries due September 27
Help your IC win the Food Fight Competition by creating a canstruction! Winners will be selected based on creatiivity of their canstruction and number of donations collected.

Congratulations to NCI for winning the 2017 Food Fight Challenge with 1,024 lbs of non-perishable donations!
NCI Food Fight Challenge.jpg
Special recognition goes to NHGRI for the most creative display of non-perishable items!
NHGRI Most Creative.jpg

Event Sponsors

The Feds Feed Families Campaign at NIH is sponsored by the Office of Research Services and the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management.


If you have your own garden, you can donate extra bounty to a nearby food pantry and get credit for the FFF food drive! Check out to find a pantry near you, and for instructions to donate. Once you've made your donation, send the pounds donated to so that NIH receives credit for your donation.


Additionally, individuals may contribute via gleaning events. Field gleaning involves clearing fields of unused or unharvested produce, and the USDA will organize several events for federal staff. See attached gelaning calendar for more information.

pdf September Gleaning FFF 2018.pdf

pdfOctober Gleaning FFF 2018.pdf