Harford government employees collect 3 tons of food in annual drive

  • Harford County employees wrapped up their annual food drive to benefit Harvest for the Hungry in Bel Air on Friday. Among those gathered to help load the trucks are, from left, Barbara Murray of Bank of America, Harvest for the Hungry founder Larry Adam, Elizabeth Brown from Bank of America, County Executive David Craig, Mark Smith from Safeway and Judy Mason of Harford Community Action Agency. Kneeling in front is Derrick Rice from the U. S. Postal Service.
Harford County employees wrapped up their annual food drive… (Bob Thomas, Homestead Publishing )

Harford County government employees collected more than three tons of food during a one-week drive to aid Harvest for the Hungry, which concluded Friday.

In all, 6,200 pounds of non-perishable food were collected during the drive that began March 1 to coincide with the start of the annual campaign to replenish area food banks, including one run locally by the nonprofit Harford Community Action Agency.

As in past years, the county departments competed among each other to see which one could collect the most food.

This year's title went to the Department of Procurement, which bested 27 other departments and government units that participated, county government spokesman Bob Thomas said.

The winning team's slogan was "Ain't Nobody Got Time for Hunger." The runner-up was the Department of Planning and Zoning with the theme of "No One Goes Hungry in Our Zone." Five other teams tied for third place in the competition.

Many employees and representatives of other sponsoring organizations joined Harford County Executive David Craig and Harvest for the Hungry founder Larry Adam, of Fallston, as the food collected by the county was loaded into trucks outside the county's administration building in Bel Air Friday morning.

"I am extremely proud of the dedicated men and women of Harford County government who stepped up to meet the challenge of this year's Harvest for the Hungry food drive," Craig said in a news release following the event.

"In 2011, more than 23,000 individuals throughout Harford County were food insecure. That means nearly 10 percent of our community did not know where their next meal would come from," Craig added.

In its 27th year, the Harvest for the Hungry 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.

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.

Regional and local Harvest for the Hungry partners this year include the U.S. Postal Service, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Safeway, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County Public Library, Bank of America, The Baltimore Sun and WBAL.

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