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Food Bank Steps Up for Federal Workers, You Can Help

More than 18,000 federal workers in the 11 counties served by Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank aren't receiving paychecks during the partial government shut down.


The darkest of times can often shine light on the best of a community. More than 18,000 federal workers in the 11 counties served by Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank aren't receiving paychecks during the partial government shut down. So Food Bank leaders have stepped up to think of creative ways to make sure they'll have enough to eat.

The Food Bank expects they'll need an additional $100,000 per week during the shutdown to serve people who haven't previously needed food assistance. So they set up a GoFundMe page called "Feed Our Feds" with the money going directly to this cause.

When we checked, the GoFundMe page has already raised almost $9,000 of its goal of $100,000. It's clear by some of the comments left on the page that Pittsburgher's want to help their neighbors in need. "The government shutdown is affecting so many families, and as a Pennsylvania resident I feel it is my duty to help," wrote donor Tara Perry.

"We all have to help one another," Food Bank GoFundMe donor Iris McCloud

To make it easier for families affected by the shutdown to have immediate access to food, the Food Bank has set up extra distribution centers near federal work places, like the airport. Click here to see where they are located.

These are in addition to existing neighborhood food pantries, and 17 "Produce for People" centers, something we've highlighted in the past , throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, which serve approximately 8,000 homes healthier food options each month.

There will also be occasional special food distributions during the government shutdown at the Food Bank's headquarters on North Linden Street in Duquesne, (there's one coming up on Thursday, January 24th). Executive Director Lisa Scales explains what exactly they're offering.

With additional demand for food, the Food Bank also needs more volunteers. Click here to find out more. And again, if you can donate to help workers during the shutdown, go to the Food Bank's GoFundMe page .

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