Local food banks preparing to feed more people

Local food banks preparing to feed more people . (Source: WEAR-TV)

Local food banks are making preparations to feed more people in the midst of the government shutdown.

It was a busy day as usual at Feeding theGulf Coast food bank.

As the government shutdown continues, Manager Kyle Schoolar said their food bank is getting busier and busier.

"We've been watching this since the onset. Our agency relations team is out in the communities, communicating with those agencies and identifying any gaps before it gets to that point." Schoolar said.

On Friday, thousands of federal employees won't get their paychecks.

Schoolar says Feeding the Gulf Coast helps supply 400 agencies, like soup kitchens and food pantries,

He said some of those agencies have expressed concern about potential increased need, so they're planning ahead.

"We have a lot of employees employed by the federal government. They invest in our community economically and philanthropically. We want to make sure, during this time we take care of them," expressed Schoolar.

As a disaster relief agency, Schoolar says the food bank keeps additional food on hand if times get tough. He's also asking for the community's help.

"They can host a food drive to help get non-perishable items. If food isn't really your thing, but maybe you can make a monetary donation. You can go to our website and earmark that 'government shutdown relief'."

The Manna Food Pantries is also working to develop strategies to help federal employees in the area.

Director DeDe Flounlacker says they're working to set up specific days and times for food pick-up. She encourages anyone who needs help to give them a call at 850-432-2053.

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