Furloughed workers seek out food pantry for assistance

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by Velma Scaife, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 6:21 PM

NEWPORT NEWS --Furloughed government workers are starting to look for places that might offer assistance should they need.

The Five Loaves Food Pantry at Olivet Christian Church in Newport News is already getting calls and visits from some of the unpaid workers.

Tim Luken is the food pantry's director and says a challenge they have is more fear instead of need. 

"A lot of people are fearful of where things are coming from and then again we're living an economy right now where people are living paycheck to paycheck," Luken said.

The food pantry picks up perishable items from corporate sponsors to distribute during the week. Tuesday night is the main distribution night for bags of groceries and a hot meals for families.

"When we have a strong need because of something like furloughs the need will go up.  But, then people aren't working so donations drop," Luken said.

If you'd like to make a donation call 757-775-4211.
        
 

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