The Salvation Army has opened up its food pantry to government employees who have been affected by the recent shutdown.
They normally open their food pantry at 1802 Buford Street to the public on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month. They’ve been working to make sure they have extra food on hand for furloughed employees. This morning, several workers stopped by the pantry to pick up some food.
“As of 9:30 this morning, I’ve seen probably half, half and half. So, there’s half that’s kind of like the people that we’re used to seeing. The other half no,” Captain Patrick Gesner with the Salvation Army said, “There’s been a lot of people who have come in before asking “What do Ido here? I don’t know what to do. What do I have to have?” We’re here to make sure they can get the assistance they need.”
The food pantry will reopen Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The pantry will also be open on February 19th and 20th.
If you’d like more information on tomorrow’s event or if you would like to donate or volunteer, call the Salvation Army at 361-884-9497.