Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) helped kickoff the 4th annual Feds Feed Families food drive in Virginia at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Reston.
Wolf was joined by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and John Berry, the director of the Office of Personal Management (OPM).
Wolf worked with the Barry and OPM to create the program three years ago. To date, more than 8 million pounds of food has been collected by federal employees across the country.
Wolf, who meets regularly with representatives from local food banks and pantries for updates on donation needs, is constantly encouraging civic organizations, businesses and schools to hold food drives, especially in the spring and summer when donations drop off dramatically.
Wolf also had language inserted in the fiscal year 2012 spending bill that funds the Department of Agriculture to allow public schools to donate unused food after learning many school districts were not donating excess food out of concern they were not covered under the Good Samaritan Act, which protects donors who give to food banks in good faith from all liability. Wolf’s language amends the law that created the national school lunch program that provides free or low-cost lunches to needy children to ensure schools are covered under the Good Samaritan Act.
For more information on Rep. Wolf’s efforts to fight hunger, visit http://wolf.house.gov/hunger