News Coverage | Food Bank Assists Federal Employees During Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019

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:

CNN

Newsweek Magazine – Government Shutdown: Unpaid Federal Workers Are Now Turning to Food Banks To Feed Families

San Francisco Chronicle – Editorial: Crippled Government is the Threat Within

KQED – Bay Area Food Banks prepare to help feed local furloughed federal workers

Marin Independent Journal – Coast Guard Families Tread Water

SF-Eater – Food Bank Hosts Massive Mobile Pantry for Unpaid Coast Guard Workers