Most of our readers are aware of the federal government shutdown that lasted from late December 2018, to the end of January, 2019. It affected over 800,000 federal workers around the nation, some who went weeks without a paycheck.
In early January, we received word that a group of Coast Guard families, stationed in the Hamilton area of Novato, was in need of food assistance. We jumped into action, crafting a plan that would include a full food pantry delivered to the neighborhood where these families live. In addition, we sent a compliment of Food Bank employees to help enroll eligible families in the CalFresh (food stamps) program.
Here is some of the news coverage that we have received in the days leading up to the event:
40k members of the @USCG are now NOT getting paid, marking the first time servicemembers haven’t been paid during a #governmentshutdown. One Coast Guard wife is doing something about it:@SFMFoodBank@MarinHumane pic.twitter.com/1o1IMLtpWl
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) January 16, 2019
KTVU Fox 2 – Novato steps up to help Coast Guard families in need
San Francisco Chronicle – Editorial: Crippled Government is the Threat Within
San Francisco Chronicle Editorial – Crippled government is the threat within
Marin Independent Journal – Coast Guard Families Tread Water
The San Francisco Business Journal – Bay Area businesses helped government workers during the shutdown. They’re ready to step up again
Pt. Reyes Light – Community center opens pantry to federal workers