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USDA employees in West Virginia are taking part in the “Feds Feed Families” campaign to collect and donate food products.

West Virginia employees of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Farm Service Agency and Rural Development are partnering in the annual food drive through Aug. 27.

“NRCS employees are dedicated to supporting local communities as conservation stewards and also as good neighbors,” said State Conservationist Kevin Wickey. “Lending a helping hand to those in need is part of being a good neighbor.”

Donations will be distributed to the United Way Family Resources Network and Hunger Committee, which is made up of 11 Monongalia County food banks and pantries. Produce from the People’s Garden Project also will be distributed to the Morgantown Ronald McDonald House.

“Being selected as a ‘StrikeForce’ state earlier this year clearly shows there is a need for support in West Virginia,” said Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Rick Snuffer. “With the donations being distributed in the area where they were received, really means employees can help their community.

“We are fortunate in this state to have outstanding, dedicated employees who truly care about the communities they live and work in.”

The “Feds Feed Families” food drive is open to the public for donations. The state office, located at 1550 Earl L. Core Rd. in Sabraton has collection boxes for donations in its lobby.

Last year, USDA collected nearly 9 million pounds of food nationwide, with 350 pounds of food collected and distributed in West Virginia. Since the campaign began in 2009, federal workers have donated and collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.