The partial federal government shutdown has highlighted a serious problem in our country: Working families cannot always make ends meet. Nearly 80% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, including a large number of federal employees and contractors. We know that furloughed workers and contractors and those working without pay are struggling to feed their families, and that’s not a situation anyone should be in.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is treating this situation as an emergency—because it is. We are supporting our far-reaching network of over 460 on-the-ground partner programs as they respond to this need in their local communities. We know that counties in our service region such as Guilford and Forsyth have a large number of federal employees, and members of our network in these areas have been taking proactive steps to reach these families with additional food distributions.
Across the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina, the Second Harvest Food Bank network is prepared to help all families impacted by the government shutdown as they adapt to a new reality of needing food assistance. We encourage federal employees, contractors, and anyone in need of food assistance to use our grocery assistance finder to find their closest grocery assistance program or call Second Harvest Food Bank at 336.784.5770.
As the shutdown drags on, Second Harvest Food Bank stays committed to doing all in our power to support impacted families.
If you would like to support Second Harvest Food Bank and our partners as we continue to respond to the increased needs in our community brought on by this extended government shutdown, you can make a gift online at secondharvestnwnc.org or contact us directly at 336.784.5770