Most of our readers are aware of the ongoing government shutdown that is affecting over 800,000 federal workers around the nation. Some of these employees are still working with no pay, while others are furloughed and ALSO not receiving paychecks at this time. As you can imagine, this is having cascading effect as these workers deplete their savings to make ends meet.
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 are sending up a compliment of Food Bank employees on distribution day 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
San Francisco Chronicle – Editorial: Crippled Government is the Threat Within
Marin Independent Journal – Coast Guard Families Tread Water