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Feds Feed Families 2021 Virtual Giving Campaign at NIH

This year, the National Institutes of Health will again participate in “Feds Feed Families”, the annual federal government summer food drive. The 2021 virtual campaign will run June 1 through August 31.

Many families are still heavy impacted by the pandemic, and are facing food insecurity and hunger. The NIH community has always given generously through this campaign to support those in need. Together, we can knock out hunger!

We are once again operating this year’s campaign virtually. We are not collecting food donations at on and off campus locations. Instead, the NIH community can donate online to fight hunger.

​Please check out our website to learn how you can donate and to find out about special campaign events.


Step 1. Make Your Donation

To ensure the NIH receives credit for your donation, please record your donation on the Feds Feed Families hub.

Find a food bank or pantry through the Ample Harvest website or on your own. Give directly to that food bank or pantry. For instance, you may purchase food via your favorite online grocer, ​​and have it delivered directly to a food bank or pantry of your choosing.

If you are not sure where to donate, several local organizations are highlighted in the “Local Donation Options” section.

Step 2. Record Your Donation

To ensure the NIH receives credit for your donation, please record your donation on the Feds Feed Families hub​.​

(It is recommended that you use Chrome browser.)

* Select "U.S. Department of Health and Human Services" as your department, and the "National Institutes of Health" as your agency.

* All donations will be tracked by pounds of food. For monetary donations, the site will use a national conversion rate from dollars to pounds.

If you have any questions about recording your donation, please reach out to​.


If you’re not sure where to donate, there are several local organizations you can consider, including the Children’s Inn, the Safra Family Lodge, the Capital Area Food Bank, and Manna Food Center. Donation information on all four can be found below.

Children’s Inn

There are several ways you can support the Children’s Inn:

National Institutes of Health 
Attn: Feds Feed Families-HHS-NIH 
The Children’s Inn at NIH 
7 West Drive Bethesda, MD 20892 

Safra Family Lodge 

You may purchase food directly from your preferred online grocer and have it sent to the Safra Family Lodge, at the following address: 

National Institutes of Health 
Attn: Feds Feed Families-HHS-NIH 
Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge 
65 Center Drive Room 104A​
Bethesda, MD 20892 

The following list contains the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge's most needed items:

  • Breakfast-to-go meals (oatmeal, cereal, etc.)
  • ​​Soups (canned as well as Cup of Soup types)
  • Vegetables (microwavable, canned and frozen)
  • Canned spaghetti o's for children
  • Canned Chili (with or without meat)
  • Canned baked beans
  • Other canned foods are acceptable
  • Individual cereals (dry, oatmeal to be cooked and bowls of cereal)
  • Individual fruit portions (applesauce, peaches, mixed fruit, pears, etc.)
  • Individual pudding portions
  • ​Individual Jell-O portions
  • Healthy snack bars
  • Macaroni & cheese (just add water type)
  • Pastas of any shape and size (regular, whole wheat, gluten free, etc.)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Rice (white, brown)​, microwaveable​
  • Small cans of tuna or chicken
  • Condiments: small containers of mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, jellies or jams (these can be shared in the communal refrigerator once opened)
  • Cooking oils (vegetable, olive, etc. – small containers preferred)
  • Spices: small containers (better for staying fresh until used up) of spices:  cinnamon, tarragon, curry, paprika, ground pepper, salt, thyme, parsley, oregano, garlic, etc.  (small canister pairs of salts & peppers are useful)
  • Freezer meals: individual and family size (Lasagna, pizzas, mac and cheese, meat, vegetable)
  • Food storage containers and several sizes of ziploc-type storage bags
  • Juice drinks (individual)
  • Water (bottled)
  • ​Healthy snacks


**Gluten-free options are appreciated!

Capital Area Food Bank

For information on the Capital Area Food Bank, check out their website. There are several ways you can support the CAFB. Here are two ideas:

  • You may purchase food items off the Capital Area Food Bank's Amazon wish list.
  • You may purchase food directly from your preferred online grocer and have it sent to the Capital Area Food Bank at the following address.

Keep in mind the Food Bank's most needed items, found here

Capital Area Food Bank
Attn: Feds Feed Families-HHS-NIH
4900 Puerto Rico Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20017 

Manna Food Center

For information on how to support Manna Food Center, check out their website.


Off-Campus Lo​cations

Point of Contact

Local Organizations In the Spotlight

NCI -- Frederick: Building 427 Lobby

Cathy Cullen​

Frederick Rescue Mission

NIDA -- Baltimore

Mary Pfeiffer

City of Refuge​

NIAID -- Montana

Katrina Matten

Haven House Food Bank
(406) 363-2450

Darby Bread Box (406) 821-2081​

NIEHS -- North Carolina

Monya Brace

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North CarolinaDurham Rescue Mission​

​NIDDK -- Phoenix 

Grace Lutheran Church​




Our Local Partners

Not sure where to donate? If you don’t have a food bank in mind, here are a few local options:

Virtual Food Drive​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Learn more about the issue of hunger in the Washington, DC area and how you can fight hunger through the Feds Feed Families campaign.

During the Virtual Food Drive 2020 event, Katherine Donnelly, from the Capital Area Food Bank, provided an overview on the impact of food security in our region, who is affected, and how local organizations are meeting the needs of our citizens.

Tim Tosten, Associate Director for Program and Employee Services in the Office of Research Services, concluded with information on the Feds Feed Families program.


If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact