Long Island Food Bank Donating To Furloughed Federal Workers

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Long Island food banks and other groups are stepping up to donate food and cash to federal employees being affected by the government shutdown.

With the partial government shutdown in its fourth week, furloughed federal workers continue to struggle to cope with life’s necessities without a paycheck.

Many of the nearly 800,000 furloughed workers have already expressed worry about being unable to pay their rents, mortgages, car payments and various other bills.

Meanwhile, the food supplies in their homes are quickly dwindling.

Randi Dresner, CEO of Island Harvest, tells WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that many of these works affected by the shutdown have never been in this situation before and are embarrassed to come forward.

“What we're finding is that they don't know how to navigate any kind of system because they've never been in need before in their life,” Dresner said.

She encouraged those living without a paycheck to come forward, the charity is there to help.

In addition to giving out food, Island Harvest and a number of other organizations will be giving out information to help those with heating, housing and electricity issues. Some banks and credit unions are also offering low interest loans.

 “We had a single mother tell us that she had to pull her child out of child care because she couldn’t afford to keep her in there and now she lost the spot. We had another mother tell us that she's struggling with her four girls, she can give them snacks for school because of the money for it,” Dresner explained.

For information about how you can contribute to Island Harvest, visit islandharvest.org.