The United States government has been partially shut down for 27 days and counting. 6,500 federal workers in Central Florida are struggling to make ends meet without their paychecks.
During the past week, I’ve seen a 60% increase in food assistance searches. I’ve heard from local TSA workers who have never had to ask for food assistance. I’ve talked to multiple feeding partners and learned they’re starting to see an increase in the number of people they serve daily.
Second Harvest Food Bank is working closely with our feeding partners to help meet the current increased need. If you or someone you know has been affected by the shutdown, please visit our Government Shutdown relief page.
If the shutdown continues, it will affect the 710,000 families, kids, seniors, and veterans who use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to put food on their tables. Brittney Williams, one of our culinary training students was recently on the news talking about what she’s doing to prepare.
We’re keeping a close eye on what lies ahead and preparing for it. Below are some ways you can help us meet the increased demand we are seeing.
What can you do to help?
Thank you for your support during this critical time of need. Thank you for caring.
Are you affected by the government shutdown? Email us about it. If you’re willing to be interviewed, please provide your name and phone number.