By, Meghan Klaskin, FEMA Region I
FEMA Region I touts their 2012 Feds Feed Families Food Drive as a huge success, and give much of the credit to the remarkable efforts of Nulise Francois, Region I emergency management program specialist.
Francois worked from mid-June through the month of August to motivate the Region I employees to get involved in the program. The Region came together and donated more than 1185 pounds of food. In addition to the Region’s contributions, the Connecticut Joint Field Office donated over 300 pounds of food to the Windsor Community Service Council, a local non-profit organization that provides necessities to those in need.
In order to generate more interest in the food drive, and based on the general needs for certain foods across the United States, Francois established weekly food themes to encourage contributions of items such as canned vegetables and fruits, cereals, multigrain snacks, soups, baby foods, and many other nonperishable items. Along with the weekly themes, further promotions included setting office goals with a prize given to the division that collected the most food. For fun, employees could wear jeans in exchange for cans of beans or sneakers for cartons of juice.
These motivational methods enabled Region I to surpass the Regional goal by more than 500 pounds. The Regions Grants Management Division was the overall winner, contributing 450 pounds of food. Almost every division exceeded its goal and did a great job of donating an enormous amount of food for those in need.
All of the food collected was donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank, New England’s largest hunger-relief organization. FEMA Region I contributed the largest food donation of all the federal agencies throughout New England, making this a notable accomplishment. Members of Region I were delighted to help in the Food Bank’s mission to feed families across the states of New England and are looking forward to the next Feds Feed Families Food Drive.