By Laura Almaraz
The 2014 Feds Feed Families program has begun and the White Sands Missile Range Commissary is accepting non-perishable food donations.
The donations supply the food pantry at Army Community Service, which is currently running low on products.
“(The Feds Feed Families program is) very important. It’s a donation to our food bank and the food bank is what feeds the military and whoever needs help on post,” said Diane Coldren, White Sands Commissary Secretary.
According to Coldren, the program collected about 7,200 pounds of non-perishable food donations last year.
The items that are donated benefit the ACS food pantry, which is supplied by donations only. Donations are provided by community members and vendors, like Kraft Foods, who sometimes donate their overstock products.
“It’s a good community service. It’s something they need and something the installation uses. The feedback we get is that they like the service,” said Andrew Lucht, Installation Army Emergency Relief Officer.
According to Lucht, the food pantry helped nine people last quarter. The program is geared towards helping military service men and women and their Families, but other members of the WSMR community are not turned away.
Most of those who visit the food pantry have not been paid nor need a little help to make it to the next paycheck. If a person goes back for help repeatedly, ACS will review the person’s budget with him or her to help determine if there is any part of the budget that is being mishandled.
Donations for the Feds Feed Families program can be dropped off at the WSMR Commissary. Popular donation items include canned soups, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, cereal, baby food, and ramen noodles.