Harford County government employees collected more than eight tons of food to help less fortunate residents of the county and the region in conjunction with the annual Harvest for the Hungry campaign.
The food collected last week was delivered to the parking lot of the county office building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air Friday morning where Harford County Executive David Craig and other county officials and the staff of the Harford Community Action Agency were by joined by Harvest for the Hungry founder and Harford resident Larry Adam.
The county employees, through their respective agencies and departments, have been participating in Harvest for the Hungry for several years, with most of their efforts going to support food pantries run through the Community Action Agency.
This is the 26th year for the Harvest for the Hungry campaign which Adam, a stockbroker from Fallston, organized to support area food banks with nonperishable food year round.
Last month, Adam told a Baltimore television station he hoped this year's March 5-10 campaign in the Baltimore and Washington areas could raise 250,000 pounds of food.
The food drive is aided by area post offices and letter carriers, Coldwell Banker real estate offices, various church and civic organizations, including Scout troops, and other people like the Harford County employees. This year, United Way of Central Maryland and AARP Maryland were also actively involved, according to Adam, who calls hunger "an invisible human tragedy."