As we continue our coverage of the ongoing partial government shutdown, we also want to highlight the different people and organizations in the community trying to ease hardships for federal employees.
It’s day 27 of the partial government shutdown, and Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington is taking some of that stress off of federal employees and SNAP beneficiaries.
“The best thing that we can do is plan ahead, not knowing when this is going to end, and make sure that we have the resources to support those in need,” said Executive Director of Facing Hunger Food Bank, Cyndi Kirkhart.
Last week, federal employees missed their paycheck because of the shutdown and Kirkhart says the food bank is already receiving more inquiries for assistance.
“These are folks that typically have not utilized our hunger relief system,” said Kirkhart.
However, food isn’t the only thing that Facing Hunger Food Bank can provide federal workers with during this shutdown.
“Anything that they need, we’re going to help direct them to those resources,” said an enthusiastic Kirkhart. “We have a wonderful network of safety-net services that we partner with all the time and we’re all in this together.”
One thing Kirkhart wants both federal workers and SNAP beneficiaries to remember is that there’s no shame in asking for assistance during these challenging times.
“[These are] circumstances that are beyond [their] control that we want to support [them] through,” she said.
In other words, she wants federal workers to know that they are not alone.
“They are not being paid,” said Kirkhart. “It’s a no brainer. We’re all in. We’re all in.”
Kirkhart tells 13 News that due to higher demand, the food bank is in need of food donations, monetary donations, and volunteers.
If you’d like to help out, or are in the Tri-State and need assistance, you can call them at (304) 523-6029.