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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 06:15 PM

Food banks are removing the signed letter Trump wanted to include in every food-aid box

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Food banks are removing the signed letter Trump wanted to include in every food-aid box

The third round of Farmers to Families Food Boxes will include a one-page letter from Trump in English and Spanish.

By Laura Reiley and Kim Bellware
Oct. 1, 2020 at 1:47 p.m. EDT

Thirty-five days before the election, food assistance boxes, doled out at food banks around the country, are coming with a surprise: a signed letter from President Trump. Anti-hunger advocates and food bank workers are outraged, saying the move violates the Hatch Act and compromises relationships with the food-insecure Americans they serve.

A letter in English and Spanish, on White House letterhead, exhorts needy Americans to wash hands and maintain social distance, closing with: “We will support Americans’ recovery every step of the way. Together we will overcome this challenge, and our Nation will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever before.” And then Trump’s distinctive signature.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is removing the letters at distribution sites and asking any of the neighborhood pantries in their network that receive these boxes to do the same, says Keely Hopkins, the food bank’s communications and social media manager.

Catherine Drennan, director of communications and public affairs at the Greater Boston Food Bank, confirmed that these Coronavirus Food Assistance Program emergency food boxes contain a letter signed by Trump. ... “It is our understanding that the [U.S. Agriculture Department] is requiring all CFAP-contracted vendors to include this letter in every CFAP food box,” she said. “We’ve made it clear to our partners: We are not placing this letter in the box. We do not endorse any presidential candidate and have no connection to the letter and the inclusion of the letter in these boxes.”

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Laura Reiley
Laura Reiley is the business of food reporter. She was previously a food critic at the Tampa Bay Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Baltimore Sun. She has authored four books, has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She is a two-time James Beard finalist and in 2017 was a Pulitzer finalist. Follow https://twitter.com/lreiley

Kim Bellware
Kim Bellware covers national and breaking news for The Washington Post. She previously worked for City Bureau, The Huffington Post and as a nationally-focused freelance reporter. Follow https://twitter.com/bellwak

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/10/01/food-bank-trump-campaign-literature/

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Reply Food banks are removing the signed letter Trump wanted to include in every food-aid box (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Oct 1 OP
msongs Oct 1 #1
abqtommy Oct 1 #2
BumRushDaShow Oct 1 #4
cstanleytech Oct 1 #6
riversedge Oct 1 #9
Me. Oct 1 #3
iluvtennis Oct 1 #5
healthnut7 Oct 1 #7
Illumination Oct 1 #8
Sherman A1 Oct 2 #13
Evolve Dammit Oct 1 #10
diverdownjt Oct 2 #11
diverdownjt Oct 2 #12

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 06:20 PM

1. this letter is a great PR stunt, like it or not. nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 06:21 PM

2. Yeah, tRUMP is a regular stunt runt!

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 06:52 PM

4. Electioneering.

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:40 PM

6. Its also an improper use of federal resources in an effort to influence an election.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:55 PM

9. spot on!!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 06:34 PM

3. Are The Feds Providing The Food Assistance

he's claiming credit for?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:01 PM

5. Very happy to see the San Francisco Bay Area Food banks are removing the letter from the boxes. nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:46 PM

7. Glad to hear!!!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:52 PM

8. Not only is this illegal but it's inappropriate...

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Response to Illumination (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 2, 2020, 08:42 AM

13. Hence

exactly what Trump would do.....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 09:14 PM

10. Just like his demand for signature on stimulus checks. Sociopathic narcissism.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Oct 2, 2020, 05:40 AM

11. don't throw them away....

These must be kept in every household for educational reasons.
I mean who is going to believe this shit 30 years from now?
All the youngsters will be like "oh come on..he couldn't have
been that bad" and then

BAM

Lay it on them and tell the story of the giant orange con man
suckered enough of the American people to vote for him
that the election could be stolen for him.

DO NOT THROW THOSE LETTERS OUT...SEND THEM WITH BOXES.

Do not deprive the people of their chance to rip it to shreds or
burn it or frame it as i suggest. Find your catharsis where you may.

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Response to diverdownjt (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 2, 2020, 05:42 AM

12. You could use it to dry your tears...

3 weeks from now when he passes from covid-19.

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