Letters to the Editor
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States of America. While not officially established as National Flag Day until 1949, June 14 has served as an annual opportunity to commemorate the American flag by organizations and individuals for more than 200 years.
This year, all celebrations look a little different. During the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are all encouraged to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. However, Flag Day can be celebrated by everyone, wherever you are.
We encourage everyone to use their time at home to fly their American flags proudly this Flag Day. To show camaraderie and solidarity in this time of uncertainty, let your American flag wave daily. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together, as one nation, under God.
Moving Alameda Food Bank operations to our warehouse to create a safer drive-through distribution system for our clients was a huge challenge, made even more difficult by the absence of our many regular volunteers who are 65 and older.
The City of Alameda rose to the challenge. Even with their own hands full dealing with the city’s response to the pandemic, the departments of Library, Recreation and Parks, Public Works, Alameda Municipal Power, Community Development, Human Resources and Traffic all sent staff members to lend us a hand with food packing and distribution. Traffic control has been handled with volunteers from the Alameda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
We are currently serving 10 times the number of clients as we did before the pandemic struck. The city’s help has been essential to our ability to efficiently and safely help the thousands of people who have been furloughed from their jobs or otherwise impacted financially by COVID-19. We could not have done it without them and extend our deepest appreciation to them on behalf of all our clients, volunteers and supporters.
I wish to express a huge thank you to the musicians performing free outdoor porch music every Friday evening in Alameda. These concerts have become the highlight of my week since sheltering in place began. As far as I know, Alameda is the only city that has organized porch music concerts. To get more information, search “Alameda Porch Music with physical distancing” on Facebook.
Music lifts our spirits!