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Environmental Factor, October 2012

Feds Feed Families drive underscores NIEHS generosity

By Eddy Ball

Monya Brace (NIEHS), Annette Rice (BIG), and  Bill Jirles (AFGE)

The team of coordinators, from left to right, included Brace, Rice, and Jirles, who could be proud of a record-breaking drive again this year. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Volunteers staffed collection stations at Keystone, above, and on the main NIEHS campus.

Volunteers staffed collection stations at Keystone, above, and on the main NIEHS campus. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS staff donated 3,600 pounds of food and toiletries during the 2012 Feds Feeds Families campaign, beating its 2011 performance and its 2012 goal. Of that total, nearly 250 pounds was donated directly by members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2923, which co-sponsored the drive along with NIEHS and the Research Triangle Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG).

The food, toiletries, infant care products, and household cleaning items were donated to the Durham Rescue Mission and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

In a message to employees following the close of the drive Aug. 31, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., specifically acknowledged her gratitude for the leadership of the 2012 co-chairs — Monya Brace (NIEHS), Bill Jirles (AFGE), and Annette Rice (BIG).

“In beating our own goal, as well as our totals from last year, we joined a successful NIH-wide effort, which collected a total of 17,791 pounds,” Birnbaum wrote. “I am sure you share my pride in the generosity of our NIEHS family and that of our larger NIH community.”

By donating approximately one-fifth of the NIH total, NIEHS made a disproportionately large contribution to helping boost food supplies at charitable organizations. NIEHS is one of 27 NIH institutes and centers (ICs) and has a workforce that falls about mid-range in comparison to its sister ICs.

“I’m not surprised that we’re top performers,” said NIEHS Deputy Associate Director for Management Chris Long. “NIEHS is fortunate to have incredibly generous employees with a strong commitment to their communities.”


Volunteers loaded their personal cars for the trip to north Raleigh Aug. 31.

Volunteers loaded their personal cars for the trip to north Raleigh Aug. 31.(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)


Food collected during food drive.

The food and other items piled up at collection sites, such as this one in Keystone.(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)




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