CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Beginning Saturday, January 26th, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina will hold drive through food pantries for all federal government employees and SNAP recipients impacted by the government shutdown.
On January 8th, the Department of Agriculture said in a statement that food service programs, including its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, were fully funded through this month and February.
As of today however, there is no date on when they will receive their full benefits should the shutdown continue into March and beyond.
About two-thirds of the almost 40 million Americans receiving benefits through SNAP are elderly, children or disabled. Many of them are also military veterans and working families.
Others being directly impacted are the 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay.
“As the shutdown continues, the most important mission for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) is the same mission we carry out every day – to feed people in need” says Kay Carter, CEO at SHFBM. “Our organization wants to reassure people who have been personally impacted that we are here to help you find the assistance you need in regards to food.”
People needing food are encouraged to CLICK HERE, where they can find an easy to use database that provides users with the location and hours of food pantries and meal sites across SHFBM’s 19 county service region.
In addition, Second Harvest will sponsor special care package food distributions each Saturday, beginning on January 26th and lasting until the furlough ends.
These special distributions will be held from 2pm – 4pm at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, located at 500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC. 28206.
Individuals needing assistance should bring a Federal Government work issued ID and/or your EBT card.