Social Security is here to help secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools that provide a level of economic security throughout life’s journey. This commitment goes beyond the services we render.
Through our work in serving the public, we know first-hand the challenges that many members of the community face. Every year, Social Security employees participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC promotes and supports charities and non-profit organizations by making it easy for federal employees to contribute personally and thus improve the quality of life for many.
Social Security also proudly participates in Feds Feed Families, an initiative launched in 2009 as part of President Obama’s United We Serve campaign. The Feds Feed Families effort helps food banks and pantries stay stocked.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sponsors Feds Feed Families, more than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods without access to affordable, quality, and nutritious foods. This summer, Social Security provided food donations totaling 661,280 pounds, which included non-perishable food, toiletries, and fresh food gathered from local farms or backyard gardens. We surpassed expectations and beat our totals from 2015 by 22%.
Our contributions came from employee donations and gleaning events in conjunction with local fruit and vegetable farms. Gleaning is the practice of collecting excess fresh produce from farms, gardens, farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, state and county fairs, or any other sources to provide it to those in need. Social Security employees, their children, extended family, and friends harvested nearly 30,000 pounds of sweet corn, which helped support food banks in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin said it best, “I encourage you to participate in this year’s CFC activities. We must continue our long-standing tradition of donating to causes and organizations that are meaningful to each of us.” Together we can make a difference in the lives of families in need.