Holiday rush

In his latest video message, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says the Postal Service is in good shape for the coming holiday season.

“We told the country and our customers that we are ready for their holiday mail and packages,” DeJoy says. “I am proud to say that we are all delivering on that promise.”

The Postmaster General says the improvement over last year’s holiday season is a result of the facilities, equipment and modes of transportation that have been added over the past year, as well as stabilizing the workforce.

He also thanks employees for their commitment to the organization’s mission of service and for bringing integrity, purpose and precision to everything they do.

The video, released Nov. 23, is available on Link and other postal websites and will be shown to employees throughout the organization this week and next.

A seat at the table

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is food and nutrition.

“We have a hunger crisis in America,” chef José Andrés proclaimed in January, calling for “longer tables, not higher walls.”

Andrés, the founder of the food relief nonprofit World Central Kitchen, said the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.

The statistics bear him out. According to Feeding America, the ranks of the food insecure grew from 35 million in 2019 to 42 million last year due to the effects of the pandemic.

Sadly, it’s the most vulnerable among us — children — who are hardest hit.

Worldwide, the situation is dire. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that as many as 811 million people experienced hunger in 2020.

Complicating matters is the rise in global food prices, which rose 31 percent in 2020, according to the U.N. agency.

A donation to food and nutrition causes is money well spent, as food touches just about every aspect of life.

If you are unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

Under “Donors” on the home page, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

The second field is “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Food, Agriculture and Nutrition.” Twenty-six pages of sector-supporting charities pop up.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the 10th in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: global health.