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2021 Feds Feed Families Kick-off - Virtual Giving - June 1 - August 31​


Between June 1 and August 31, the National Institutes of Health will again take part in the Feds Feed Families virtual summer food drive. Held annually since 2009, this campaign offers federal agencies and their staff the opportunity to fight hunger in their communities. NIH has always shown astounding generosity, having donated almost 298,000 pounds of food in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and at our satellite locations during the 2020 virtual campaign.

Many families are still heavy impacted by the pandemic. Taking care of basic needs, such as paying for housing, utilities and medical care continue to be challenging, especially purchasing food. This year's campaign will once again be run entirely online allowing the NIH community to have three ways to donate and track donations. Please read carefully the directions below.


  1. Donate Groceries Online: Purchase food via your favorite online grocer and have it delivered directly to a food bank or pantry of your choosing.
  2. Donate Money Online: Make a monetary donation to a food pantry or food bank of your choosing.


You can donate to any food bank or food pantry of your choosing. However, we have provided specific information on several local organizations, including the NIH Children's Inn, the NIH Safra Family Lodge, the Capital Area Food Bank, and Manna Food Center, on our campaign website:    


For NIH to receive credit for your donation, you will need to record your donation on this website:  

(It is recommended that you use the 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.


The Office of Research Services (ORS) is the sponsoring organization for the NIH. For more information on the campaign, please visit our Feds Feed Families website: If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact


There will be different themes surrounding the campaign to be sent out via email from HHS and NIH.

Our communities and our nation are facing an unprecedented challenge in COVID-19 in every area imaginable - health, jobs, social networks, basic food access. Thank you for considering this opportunity to make a positive impact.

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