Veterans Affairs employees donate almost 1,500 pounds of food

Veterans Affairs employees donate almost 1,500 pounds of food

DANVILLE — Employees at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System helped collect nearly 1,500 pounds of food this summer to help feed hungry families.

The collection was part of the Feds Feed Families Food Drive that was sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management, which aimed to collect at least 230,000 pounds of non-perishable food items across the national and distribute it to local food pantries.

The local drive was organized by the VA's human resources staff. It kicked off June 1 and wrapped up at the end of August.

Employees at the main campus in Danville collected 1,485 pounds of food. They delivered it to the Danville Area Food Pantry recently.

The Illiana system's community-based outpatient clinics in Decatur, Mattoon, Springfield, Peoria and West Lafayette, Ind., collected 1,305 pounds of food, which was delivered to pantries in those areas.

The food was collected various events, including an Aug. 15 event called One Can One Day, in which VAs across the country asked every employee to bring in one item. Another event recognized employees who donated more than 250 pounds of food as an "OPM Hall of Famer."

In Danville, three nursing services employees received the recognition. They are Karen Whitley, who collected 304 pounds; Robert "Bob" Spencer, who donated 277 pounds; and Craig Koester, who donated 257 pounds.