Service ES Offices in Florida Donate Nearly 1 1/2 Ton of Food to local Food Banks
August 31, 2012
Staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ecological services offices (ESO)in Florida were active this summer giving back to the communities they serve.
Participating in the Department of the Interior's Feds Feed Families 2012 Campaign to aid local food banks/pantries and soup kitchens in providing for those in need, Service employees based out of offices in Panama City, Jacksonville, and Vero Beach combined forces to donate more than 2,900 pounds of food to these distribution points.
Dave Hankla, field supervisor for the North Florida ESO, noted the efforts are indicative of the kind of people working in the Service.
"The Service is staffed with the best people around. People with values and character," Hankla said. "People who care about others...about their communities."
Hankla added that while there were a lot of smiles among the staff in what was accomplished, "...the real winners will be those less fortunate...people that can't count on having even the most basic of necessities."
The North Florida Ecological Services Office serves 32 counties in north and north-central Florida.
Credit photos: USFWS
Annie Dziergowski (left), Dawn Jennings (center) and Jerome Barksdale (right) from the Service's North Florida Ecological Services Office unload some of the 2,900 plus pounds of food donated to local food banks and pantries throughout Florida as part of the Department of the Interior's Feds Feed Families 2012 Campaign. USFWS Photo
Jerome Barksdale, administrive assistant in the North Florida Ecological Services Office, hauls a bag of rice into a local food pantry to help restock nearly empty shelves. USFWS Photo