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Coastal and Marine Geology Program Goes for the Gold, Participates in Federal Food Drive

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USGS personnel kick off the center's Feds Feed Families food drive
Above: USGS personnel at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, kick off the center's Feds Feed Families food drive. Clockwise from lower left: Julia Klofas, Carolyn Degnan, Michael Torresan, Anthony Guerriero, Amy Foxgrover, Guy Gelfenbaum, Jane Reid (partly hidden), Hannah Waiters, Carol Reiss, and Angela Lam (partly hidden). Photograph by Laura Torresan. [larger version]

During the summer months, food banks traditionally encounter a lull in the level of giving due to vacations and other demands on donors’ time. This year, a surge in demand coupled with a drop in donations literally emptied the shelves of many food pantries. In the spirit of the 2012 Olympic Games, the three science centers of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) competed in a “CMGP Challenge” to see which center could donate the most nonperishable food to the 2012 Feds Feed Families campaign (http://www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov/). The Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (Santa Cruz, California) took an early lead at the first weigh-in, but the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (Woods Hole, Massachusetts) made great strides at the second weigh-in. The St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (St. Petersburg, Florida), spurred on by seeing the early numbers from the other centers, worked hard to boost their tally. By the end of the drive, on August 31, the CMGP Challenge’s cumulative total was 1,270 pounds, collected by staff, contractors, and volunteers at the three centers working on their own time. The Pacific center took the gold, St. Petersburg the silver, and Woods Hole the bronze.

The CMGP Challenge was initiated by USGS scientist Fran Lightsom at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Collection coordinators at each center were Andrea Toran (Woods Hole), Molly McLaughlin (St. Petersburg), and Carolyn Degnan (Santa Cruz).

Feds Feed Families—a government-wide effort led by the Chief Human Capital Officers Council in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture—collects nonperishable food donations during June, July, and August. This national food drive by multiple federal agencies contributes to local food banks across the country.

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