Local Food Bank Sees Donations Flood In To Help Furloughed Workers

January 24, 2019 - 4:23 pm

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island food bank says food and cash donations are flooding in to help federal employees being affected by the government shutdown.

With the partial government shutdown in its second month, 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.

However, on Long Island, those who are unable to work during the shutdown can find help at Long Island Cares.

Volunteers on Thursday carried in hundreds of food items and thousands of dollars raised across Nassau and Suffolk counties to the Long Island Cares food bank in Huntington Station.

Head of the organization Paule Pachter said they need all the can get as over 120 federal employees affected by the shutdown have come to the organization this week— almost twice as many compared to last  week.

“Food is primary business but we're also supporting government employees with gift cards. Gift cards to use at the local supermarket or generic Visa gift cards, they couldn't pay a bill with that,” Pachter said.

People have been generous, he said, donating $35,000 and 3,000 lbs. of food.

“You know, what we hearing people say to us, in many cases, are the things that they're putting on hold right now. You know, canceling a planned vacation, not going for a dental procedure because I just don't have the cash to lay out right now,” Pachter notes.

For information about how you can contribute to Long Island Cares, visit licares.org.