Day 32: Furloughed Federal Workers In New Jersey Turn To Food Banks

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — As the government shutdown drags into day 32, food pantries in New Jersey continue to see an increase in furloughed federal workers seeking help.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, there are roughly 5,000 furloughed workers in the state and many do not know where to go for assistance as they struggle to daily to without a paycheck.

Though, Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of Community Food Bank of New Jersey, wants federal workers to know that they can ask for help.

“You are not alone. Many other working families and recently unemployed families access our pantries. We are here to help,” Rodriguez said.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced on Friday that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February have been successfully paid already.

Though, with no end in sight to the shutdown, Rodriguez noted that federal food assistance could dry up.

“We don't even know how to deal with the magnitude of the problem. That will impact 730,000 people,” he explained.

The food bank will have a mobile pantry at Newark Airport Wednesday for TSA workers currently working without pay.

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