The National Plant Germplasm Quarantine Center in Beltsville, MD., hosted a facility-wide “Building 580-Coffee Break” on July 26, 2011. The staff enthusiastically swapped non-perishable food items for enticing baked goods prepared and donated to the Coffee Break event by the entire staff. The event organizers suggested a donation of one food item be rewarded with one treat, while two or more offerings rewarded the donor with two amazing treats. Some of the delectable goodies included: lemon cake, brownies, muffins, peanut-butter cookies, cheese bread and much more. Supervisors and the Feds Feed Families promotion team offered coffee or juice to our attendees and thanked them for their donations. Recycling was encouraged by asking the staff to bring their own mugs to participate in an “Outlandish Mug Contest”. The three recipients of our contest won the prize (possible appearance in the Feds Feed Families web-page with their victory mugs). The teamwork and positive spirit at Building 580 resulted in a donation of 214 lbs. of food to the Maryland Food Bank on July 27, 2011.
Our “Outlandish mug champs” and the Feds Feed Families promotion team at the National Plant Germplasm Quarantine Center.
From left to right (Heidi Bowman-runner-up for best rescued mug, Mary Palm-Feds Feed Families Organizer , Crindi Loschinkohl-winner mug #1, Yanira Ephraim-Intern and Judge of the event, Kurt Zeller-winner “KAZ” mug #2, John Rascoe-winner mug #3, Kirk Martin-Feds Feed Families Promotion Team, Patricia DeSaSnow-Feds Feed Families Promotion Team, proudly displaying her University of Florida mug.
The mug that stole the judge’s hearts (#1)
“Outlandish”….yes it is, and the judges loved it! (#2)
Asian longhorned beetle eradication, we applauded this mug! (#3)
And of course, my own mug