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USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program Science Centers Team Up for Feds Feed Families Food Drive

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Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies have organized the Feds Feed Families summer food drive. Federal agencies across the country have been encouraged to organize food drives within their centers to benefit local area food banks, and since its inception, this summer campaign has resulted in more than 24 million pounds of food donated by federal employees.

For the last several years, the three science centers of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program have had a friendly competition to see who could contribute the most pounds of food during the summer food drive. The initial competition was proposed by Fran Lightsom at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (Woods Hole center) and quickly embraced by Andrea Toran (Woods Hole center), Carolyn Degnan of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (Pacific center), and Molly McLaughlin of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (St. Pete center), all of whom serve as volunteer local coordinators. The winning center had bragging rights for the following year, and the competition became a great tool for motivating employees during each summer’s collection drive.

Lighthouses located near Coastal and Marine Geology Program field centers
Above: Lighthouses located near Coastal and Marine Geology Program science centers, including A, Egmont Key Light at the mouth of Tampa Bay near St. Petersburg, Florida; B, Nobska Light near Falmouth, Massachusetts; and C, Pigeon Point Lighthouse between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, California. [larger version]

In 2014, Andrea came up with the idea of combining our efforts instead of competing, and the Coastal and Marine Challenge was born. Since each center had gathered close to 300 pounds on average in the previous drives, this year’s goal was to reach a total of 1,000 pounds. Andrea developed a great slogan, “Feeding Families from Coast to Coast,” Carolyn created an inspiring poster (above), and the challenge was on. Our employees proved to be just as motivated working together as working in competition: the St. Pete center gathered 481 pounds, the Woods Hole center collected 237 pounds, and the Pacific center (with help from folks in other, co-located parts of the USGS) amassed a fabulous 600 pounds. In fairness, we do have to note that the Pacific center combined their food collection with a matching program at their local food bank, Second Harvest, thereby applying the philosophy of working smarter, not harder! In the end, the Coastal and Marine Challenge resulted in a total of 1,318 pounds of food, far surpassing our original goal. The obvious step for next year will be to challenge other USGS Programs and Mission Areas in our quest to help area families.

For more information on the food drive, visit “Feds Feed Families.”

Related Sound Waves Stories
Coastal and Marine Geology Program Contributes to “Feds Feed Families” Campaign
Nov. / Dec. 2013
Coastal and Marine Geology Program Goes for the Gold, Participates in Federal Food Drive
Sept. / Oct. 2012

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