JSC’s 2020 Feds Feeds Families campaign is kicking off today through
Aug 28! This year, there is a greater
need for food donations due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on
families. Did you know that there are almost
2.75 million people in our local communities who are potentially food insecure?
In addition to this increase in demand, summer
food donations traditionally are lower than other parts of the year. Because of
all of these factors, the need for our participation is greater than ever! As a
community, we can make a profound difference for Houston and Galveston families
during this time.
You may be wondering how we are going to conduct a food drive when
most all of us are working remotely. Well, this year’s campaign is being
carried out virtually! There is an enhanced emphasis on online donations so
that we can all be safe in our giving.
How to Donate:
As always, your participation is entirely voluntary. However, if
you choose to participate, the following are ways in which you may contribute:
Donate online by purchasing food (reference the included list) via
an online grocer and having it delivered/shipped to the local food bank or
pantry of your choice.
Drop off donations at your local pantry.
Plant-A-Row: Plant an extra
row of food in your garden or harvest unwanted produce from neighborhood
gardens and donate to local food banks or pantries
Participate in warehouse or field gleaning
To locate a local food bank or pantry, visit at https://ampleharvest.org/fff
Once donations are made, record your donation using the online
self-reporting tool found at the FFF Hub. All donations will be tracked
by the Johnson’s Feds Feeds Families Campaign chair. At the hub, you will also
learn more about getting involved, locating gleaning events, and sharing
Please note that federal ethics regulations prohibit FFF
coordinators from soliciting monetary donations directly for pantries or food
banks; however, if an employee makes an unsolicited monetary donation to a food
bank or food pantry, the employee can record their gift to the FFF Hub by selecting drop-down option “Unsolicited monetary
donation to hunger organization.” Monetary donations are converted to pounds of
food at a rate of five (5) pounds per dollar donated.
Johnson aims to collect at least 40,000 pounds
of perishable food and household items for pantries and food banks in our local
area. Think — that amount of food roughly equals three adult elephants or
25,000 meerkats! However, if everyone contributes a few pounds, the goal will
be easily met.
Stuff the Truck:
The campaign will include a drive-by, no contact, stuff-the-truck
event at Gilruth Center on Friday, Aug 21 for the Galveston County Food Bank. Your
food and household donations will go straight from your trunk to the large food
So, start shopping online or scouring your pantries, itemize your
grocery lists, and begin planning for our success! It took a team to get NASA
to the Moon — and it will take the same to feed local communities in need.
For more information contact Dr. Camille Alleyne at