‘Political propaganda’ or ‘essential public health messages?’ Government-sponsored food boxes include a letter from Trump, and some Chicago food pantries are removing it

Food pantries for months have relied on a government-sponsored food box program to serve a spike in needy families during the pandemic. But the latest batch of boxes includes an item some find unpalatable as the election nears: a letter signed by President Donald Trump.



a group of people standing in a park: Workers help distribute food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Sept. 29, 2020, at the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation's food distribution site in the 7900 block of South Halsted Street in Chicago. Other boxes of food, not those from the GCFD, came from the federal government and contained a latter from The White House which bore the signature of President Donald Trump.


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Workers help distribute food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Sept. 29, 2020, at the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation’s food distribution site in the 7900 block of South Halsted Street in Chicago. Other boxes of food, not those from the GCFD, came from the federal government and contained a latter from The White House which bore the signature of President Donald Trump.

The letter, printed in both English and Spanish on White House letterhead, highlights the Farmers to Families Food Box program and includes general safety information for preventing COVID-19 transmission.

It does not mention

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‘Political propaganda’ or ‘essential public health messages’? Government-sponsored food boxes include a letter from Trump

CHICAGO — Food pantries for months have relied on a government-sponsored food box program to serve a spike in needy families during the pandemic. But the latest batch of boxes includes an item some find unpalatable as the election nears: a letter signed by President Donald Trump.



text, letter: Some of the boxes of food distributed on September 29, 2020, by the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation in Chicago came from the federal government and contained a latter from the White House, bearing the signature of President Donald Trump.


© Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS
Some of the boxes of food distributed on September 29, 2020, by the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation in Chicago came from the federal government and contained a latter from the White House, bearing the signature of President Donald Trump.

The letter, printed in both English and Spanish on White House letterhead, highlights the Farmers to Families Food Box program and includes general safety information for preventing COVID-19 transmission.

It does not mention the Nov. 3 election, but some local food pantries say it’s inappropriate and plan to remove the letter before distributing the boxes to families.

“It

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