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Feds Feed Families 2019 Campaign at NIH

Thanks to your generosity we reached our goal in the first 6 weeks of the campaign! Now that the campaign has been extended until this Friday, August 23, let’s go above and beyond the call to fight hunger.

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Feds Feed Families (FFF) was initiated by the USDA to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. In Washington, D.C., the Capital Area Food Bank receives collections and distributes them through its network of more than 500 partner organizations. Through the amazing generosity of federal employees, the annual food drive has collected over 80 million pounds of food since the campaign began in 2009. 

Only 4 days left to donate. LET'S DO THIS!

Help us reach our goal
33,000.43 lbs
collected so far
28,000 lbs
our goal


FFF will accept food and grocery items for kids and adults. NOTE: All donated products must be UNEXPIRED, UNOPENED, UNDAMAGED, and NON-PERISHABLE. See Items to Donate section. 


  • Eurest Food Vouchers are available for purchase at Eurest operated cafeterias and coffee bars listed below*.  All donations will be used to purchase non-perishable food items that count toward the NIH goal
  • 50 Drop-Boxes are labeled and located in building entrances on campus and off for you to place unexpired, unopened, undamaged, non-perishable food and grocery items. See locations below
  • Community Market Tuesdays at Bldg. 10 drop-off donations are accepted at the FFF table
  • Capital Area Food Bank  welcomes donations online**.  Every dollar donated = 3 pounds of food
  • Children's Inn Amazon Wishlist lets you purchase donations online** and ship directly
  • Donate online** to CAFB, NIH Children's Inn, or Safra Lodge thru your favorite online retailer

* Buildings: 1, 10 CRC, 10 ACRF, 10 B1, 31, 35A, and 45

**NOTE: Remember to email an image of your online purchase receipt to so NIH receives credit for your donation. 


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


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 (brown/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:

  • Ramen Noodles
  • Cup of noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • White rice
  • Cooking spray
  • Individual chip bags
  • Individual small cereal boxes
  • Canned chicken
  • Jell-O cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Mayonnaise
  • Nutella
To view The Children's Inn Amazon wish list, clickhereExternal Website.

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

  • Breakfast-to-go meals (oatmeal, cereal, etc.)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soups (canned as well as Cup of Soup types)
  • Vegetables (microwavable, canned and frozen)
  • Canned spaghetti o's for children
  • Canned Chili (with or without meat)
  • Canned baked beans
  • Other canned foods are acceptable
  • Individual cereals (dry, oatmeal to be cooked and bowls of cereal)
  • Individual fruit portions (applesauce, peaches, mixed fruit, pears, etc.)
  • Individual pudding portions
  • Healthy snack bars
  • Macaroni & cheese (just add water type)
  • Pastas of any shape and size (regular, whole wheat, gluten free, etc.)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Rice (white, brown)
  • Small cans of tuna or chicken
  • Condiments: small containers of mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, jellies or jams (these can be shared in the communal refrigerator once opened)
  • Cooking oils (vegetable, olive, etc. – small containers preferred)
  • Spices: small containers (better for staying fresh until used up) of spices:  cinnamon, tarragon, curry, paprika, ground pepper, salt, thyme, parsley, oregano, garlic, etc.  (small canister pairs of salts & peppers are useful)
  • Freezer meals: individual and family size (Lasagna, pizzas, mac and cheese, meat, vegetable)
  • Food storage containers and several sizes of ziploc-type storage bags
  • Juice drinks (individual and jugs)
  • Water (bottled)
**Gluten-free options are appreciated!


 Drop off donations at any of the collection boxes at the following 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
9609 Medical Center Drive (NCI), Terrace-Cafeteria 
9800 Medical Center Drive, Main Lobby
GDC Warehouse, Lobby
8717 Grovemont Circle, Cafeteria
6700B Rockledge, Rockledge Lobby 
6701 Democracy I, 8, 9 Floor Elevators
6707 Democracy II, 6, 7, 9 Floor
6701 Rockledge II, Lobby
6710B Rockledge, Lobby
6705 Rockledge I, Lobby
6555 Rock Spring Drive (Fernwood), Lobby
6001 Executive Blvd, Lobby
*6006 Executive Blvd, Lobby
6011 Executive Blvd, Lobby
6100 Executive Blvd, Lobby
2115 East Jefferon, Lobby
5601 Fishers Lane, Employee entrance   
5625 Fishers Lane, Lobby
5640 Fishers Lane, Lobby
11400 Rockville Pike, Rockwall 1, Suite 726, Lobby
11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 600 (FNIH), Lobby
7201 Wisconsin Avenue Gateway Bldg, 2nd Floor


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



NIH Employee Services Team

Special Events ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Bring two cans each Tuesday during the campaign. Learn more about Two Can Tuesdays. 

Hunger Vouchers Q&A 

What happens to the money from Hunger Vouchers? Get the answer to this and other commonly asked questions about FFF hunger vouchers. 

FFF Collection Box Locations  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Donate your food and grocery items at any FFF collection box location. View collection box map or find alocation via Google Maps.

Where To Send Online Donations 

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

*Online donations are accepted thru any online retailer. Shipping fees may apply.