Upper Marlboro, MD… Sheriff High, Board President of the Public Safety Assistance Program, Inc. board was joined by Vice President Fire/EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor, department heads of each of the county’s public safety agencies and other board members for the official kickoff press conference of the 28th annual Holiday Food Basket Program last Monday. The event marked the beginning of deliveries of over 3,000 food baskets to county families in need of assistance.
Bill Milligan, Executive Director of the Public Safety Assistance Program, began the ceremony on the Fire Station ground floor where employees and supporters were surrounded by hundreds of boxes ready for packing and delivery. “We’ve already received 40,000 lbs of produce, 25,000 lbs of poultry, 20,000 canned and boxed goods, and 3,000 loaves of bread,” said Milligan.
Sheriff Melvin C. High, who is in the second year of a two-year term as President of the Public Safety Assistance Program Board told the story of how the Holiday Food Basket Program got
started when two law enforcement officers saw a man peeling leaves from a head of lettuce because he couldn’t afford the whole thing. Their story found its way to the public safety agency heads who started the program. Of the program’s twenty-eight years of growth and success, Sheriff high said, “Twenty-eight years is a long time…but what I believe the 28th anniversary reminds us is that right action and right thinking are what endure.”
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