The Harford Community Action Agency and Harford County government are again spearheading the Harford County part of the annual Harvest for the Hungry Campaign that began Saturday and runs through Saturday, March 9.
In its 27th year, the Harvest for the Hungry week-long food drive helps restock the shelves of local food pantries that have been depleted during the winter. The campaign is run in conjunction with the nonprofit Maryland Food Bank.
The official kickoff for the regional campaign was held in Baltimore Friday, where Harvest for the Hungry founder Larry Adam, of Fallston, was joined by community leaders, sponsors and local government officials, including Harford County Executive David Craig and his wife, Melinda.
Locally, the Harford Community Action Agency receives the bulk of the food collected in Harford County for distribution to those in need. Harford Community Action Agency receives food collected for use in its food pantry and for distribution to other Harford County organizations.
According to a county government news release, families can receive food support from the Harford Community Action Agency once every 30 days. The agency helps more than 800 families each month.
Regional Harvest for the Hungry partners this year include the U.S. Postal Service, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Safeway, The Baltimore Sun and WBAL.
Adam said Safeway stores are selling $10 bags of food, which are then donated to food banks in that store's area.
Anyone wishing to donate in Harford may place nonperishable food donations by a mailbox for letter carriers to collect or donations may be dropped off at local post offices, any branch of the Harford County Public Library or the lobby of the Harford County Administration Building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air. Harford County government will once again participate by holding a food drive competition among its offices and employees, according to a county government news release.
Numerous local churches also participate by collecting food and/or publicizing the effort, and a number of local farms pledge a donation of produce from their upcoming growing season. New local participants this year include The Garrison Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County branches of Bank of America, Boyle Buick GMC Truck and the Harford County Public Library.
Noting that "hunger takes no holiday," Adam said he created Harvest for the Hungry as a volunteer effort that strives to collect enough food to supply those Marylanders in need throughout the year.