The Emmet County USDA Service Center is pleased to be participating in the 2012 "Feds, Farmers, and Friends Feed Families" food drive. The event runs through Aug. 31. Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency are again this year partnering to collect for the drive.
The food drive began as a response to the United We Serve Act, signed in June 2009, encouraging the public to dedicate their summer to community service, at the time when school nutrition programs come to an end until fall. During these tough economic times needy families throughout the country are turning to emergency food assistance agencies, like food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens to help put food on the table. Unfortunately, the summer is a tough time for these organizations, as they typically see a rise in demand coupled with a decrease in donations. USDA employees are stepping in to help meet the demand for non-perishable food.
"The goal is to collect 1.7 million pounds of food nation wide. This is a great opportunity for us to give back to the communities in which live, work and play," said Larry Lago, Emmet County Executive Director.
If you would like to participate in the food drive, donations of non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Emmet County Service Center at 2109 Murray Road during the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. All food will be donated to Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Estherville.