Bread for the Shutdown
With federal workers now missing paychecks as a result of political malfeasance, this man-made disaster is now at our front door. Last week, Bread for the City opened our food pantry to furloughed workers and contractors in need. Since Tuesday, we’ve seen a nearly fifty percent increase in clients for our food program. We have no way of knowing what’s coming, but we’ll be here for everyone that comes through our doors — as we have been for the last four decades.
The increased demand has stretched our resources, as it has stretched the resources of other food banks and social services organizations in our area. In these times, we know that many of our neighbors are having to make difficult and previously unthinkable decisions. And for some, these supposedly unthinkable decisions are always with them; a consequence of living on low income. But as long as Bread for the City exists, where the next meal comes from will not have to be a worry.
For that, I want to thank all of our donors.. Since we’ve opened our food pantry to furloughed workers, generous donors have contributed more than $13,000 to help us keep food on every families’ table in need. With a nearly 50 percent increase in people accessing our services, and no end to this shutdown in site, our food expenses will only increase. If you’d like to support our efforts to help furloughed workers and are able to donate, please do so here.
In spite of these disappointing times, my faith has been strengthened by both the outpouring of support from the community and the resolve of those directly impacted. Bread for the City will continue to answer the call of service and we will all get through this together.