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Livermore “Tri-Valley Food for Furloughed” Held at Safeway

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Livermore “Tri-Valley Food for Furloughed” Held at Safeway

Mayor Marchand with volunteers. Photo Credit: Sarah Peters

Mayor Marchand with volunteers. Photo Credit: Sarah Peters

Mayor Marchand with volunteers. Photo Credit: Sarah Peters

Mayor Marchand with volunteers. Photo Credit: Sarah Peters

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On Sunday Jan. 27, the “Tri-Valley Food for Furloughed” was held at a Livermore Safeway on First Street.

Livermore City Council, Mayor John Marchand, and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty helped to set up the event in Livermore.

Dublin Mayor David Haubert and Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne were also involved with event in their respective cities.

The most previous food drive was held in Dublin on Jan. 25 at Lucky’s grocery store.

The event collected food and gas gift cards in support of Tri-Valley Federal Workers who have not received pay.

Volunteer Leah Doyle-Stevens commented, “When people start to see what’s going on [with the food drive], the momentum builds.” 

The sign for the food drive. Photo Credit: Sarah Petersthe food drive], the momentum builds.”

Doyle-Stevens also mentioned her observation that the people of Livermore are willing to help in the midst of unfortunate circumstances for federal workers.

Federal Corrections Officer Susan Cales was also volunteering, and very appreciative of the Mayor’s Office and City Council efforts to help people.

Cales explained there are people who want to help and do so; can’t afford to donate or don’t as a ‘matter of politics.’

“In November and December, we collected thousands of food for the food back, and in January we need the food,” stated Cales.

Cales wants high schoolers to realize nothing in life is certain even if you have a good job.

Mayor Marchand was at the event and had recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. to join the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

There, political figures Nancy Pelosi, Betsy DeVos, and Joe Biden met with the conference.

Marchand shared that the mayors met with Trump and within an hour the government was open.

Donated food at Safeway. Photo Credit: Sarah Peters

“90% of people live in cities, and mayors are their representatives. The local government doesn’t have a choice to shutdown,” commented Marchand.

The government has reopened, but in the case of another shutdown the food drives may continue.

Donations can be made in Livermore at Asbury United Methodist Church on East Avenue.

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