Aware of the Party’s growing support among residents and local businesses in cities across the country, in May 1969, Hoover sent an airtel to the San Francisco division of COINTELPRO, urging the branch’s agents to effectively terminate the program. Articles in various issues of The Black Panther newspaper also document numerous instances in which local police departments threatened local businesses with punitive actions if they donated to the Party’s Breakfast Program. To some extent too, the collaboration between federal and local government agents in their attempts to dismantle the program is perhaps reflective of a broader embarrassment on the part of the U.S. government, as Johnson’s proposed social welfare programs effected little to no change for a large contingent of the U.S. population. One top government official exemplified this sentiment when he noted, “The Panthers are feeding more kids than we are.”
 Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin, Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 211.
 Martin and Bloom, Black Against Empire, 182.
 The Black Panther Party Community Service Programs, ed. David Hilliard (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008), 30-31.
 Martin and Bloom, Black Against Empire, 211.
 The Black Panther Community Service Programs, 30.