BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency employees at its Area Field Office in Jackson are pitching in to help two food banks replenish their shelves.
"The food drive is part of a federal government initiative, "Warm up to Giving," said AFO Director, Bill King. "This challenges agencies to donate one million pounds of food to local charity organizations by Aug. 28."
The first collection from AFO employees will end July 31. Donations will benefit Operation Shoestring, a Jackson area interfaith ministry. To date, nearly 1,200 items have been dropped off in boxes set up at the office.
Food donations from the second drive, ending Aug. 28, will be given to the Stewpot Food Pantry, an organization established to promote, develop, stimulate and encourage physical and spiritual development by providing nutritious meals.
FEMA's Mississippi Recovery Office in Biloxi, also accepting the challenge, collected over a ton of food in June to give to a food bank in Harrison County.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.