Pembroke Pines, Fla. - Miami Sector Border Patrol employees donated 2,758 lbs of non-perishable food items to help restock community food bank pantries in Fla. The donation is part of the second annual Feds Feed Families food drive held during the summer months of June, July and August.
"During this time of economic hardship for many families, children and individuals, we want to help those who are struggling with hunger in our communities," said Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew A. Zetts. "The Feds Feed Families food drive comes at a critical time when donations to food banks are tapering off, and this is one way for our agency to help the communities we serve."
Food banks across the country are reporting record numbers of visitors seeking food assistance. Local food banks serve an important role in providing relief to those in need, and are also asked to provide immediate relief to those impacted by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.
Florida community food bank recipients include Keys Area Interdenominational Resources in Marathon; The Lord's Place in West Palm Beach; Feeding America in Pembroke Park; Second Harvest Food Bank in Jacksonville; Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa; and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.