WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense (DoD) as well as the Navy and Marine Corps kicked off Feds Feed Families at the Pentagon, July 17.
Feds Feed Families is a campaign lead by the United States Department of Agriculture aimed to help people in need.
The campaign doesn't have any set goals, but hopes to receive more than 1.2 million pounds of food and other items throughout the DoD. The campaign encourages employees and service members of the DoD to donate by bringing non-perishable and house hold items to their offices.
"So this year we don't have any goals or inter service competition but we still want to be the best; We want to collect the most food and we want to help those who are truly in need," said the Department of the Navy Assistant for Administration Carla Lucchino, assistant deputy commandant, Installations & Logistics, Marine Corps.
Since 2009, the Navy and Marine Corps have placed collection boxes at commands around the globe, guaranteeing that all service members and their families have a chance to donate for the cause.
"It's a worldwide campaign," said Lucchino. "We use our whole network; all the Marines and Sailors deployed across the world."
Lucchino also said the only trouble with donating in the summer time might be that people or on vacation, making it harder to reach people when they might be out of town.
The campaign will run through August 28. There are several items that are on the Feds Feeds Families but all non-perishable goods are welcomed.
"People should be generous," said Lucchino. "Anything you can do to help someone reflects great on us as individuals and as a sea service."