DENVER – The Denver Community Food Access Coalition (DCFAC) said it removed a letter from Donald Trump from government-purchased grocery boxes before they were distributed because it contained information contrary to what the Centers for Control and Prevention said Diseases stood above COVID-19.
According to a DCFAC press release on Thursday morning, the letter stepped up public health measures against COVID-19 and encouraged people to “practice social distancing and wear face-covering in public.” The CDC’s website for protecting yourself and others definitely says, “Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when you are around others.”
Below is the letter DCFAC which says it was removed from the box. The sentence with which DCFAC does not agree is underlined.
DCFAC is a coalition of nine organizations – Hunger Free Colorado, Denver, Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Food Rescue, The GrowHaus, Metro Caring, Denver Urban Gardens, Re: Vision, Sprout City Farms, and Montbello Organizing Committee – that work together ensure local families have access to healthy food.
Teva Sinicki, CEO of Metro Caring and DCFAC member, said the organizations are not “farmers in this election”.
“The biggest public health and economic crisis Colorado has ever seen is not a time to exploit hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars and manipulate overworked direct service providers to bolster their re-election campaigns,” Sinicki said.
Christine Alford, executive director of Denver Food Rescue and DCFAC member, said it was “shameful and humiliating” to politicize this lifeline for families in Colorado during the pandemic and economic crisis.
According to DCFAC, one in three Colorado residents – around 1.8 million people – receives the government-funded aid packages, which contain fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and meat. It’s part of the Farmers to Families Food Box program, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy fresh food and get it into the hands of families in need.
But the boxes are not enough, said DCFAC. The group said expanding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and renewing the pandemic EBT would help these individuals and families more.
“Coloradans don’t go hungry because of a lack of food in our state,” said JoAnna Cintrón, General Manager of Re: Vision. “Coloradans are starving because they don’t have enough money to put food on the table.” This means that not only do we need to talk about the need for a new aid package and safety net improvements, but we need to work together to create a living wage, the racial wealth gap, paid family vacations and an economy where everyone can fund the groundwork yourself and your family. ”
The boxes of letters first reached Denver on September 30th. The organizations in DCFAC removed the letters before distribution.
Trump and the White House had not responded to DCFAC’s actions by Thursday morning.