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Pittsburgh Area Government Workers Being Offered Help By Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

Pittsburgh Area Government Workers Being Offered Help By Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank


POLICE SAY THE GUY LOADED HIS CAR WITH POWER TOOLS AND WALKED OUT. EMPLOYEES ASKED HIM FOR A RECEIPT BUT HE JUST KEPT ON GOING. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS THE THIRD LARGEST EMPLOYER IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY AND WITH NO END IN SIGHT FOR THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, A FOOD BANK IS OFFERING HELP FOR THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES. PAM SERRANO IS LIVE WITH DETAILS ON HOW THEY ARE HELPING BRIDGE THE GAP TO THE NEXT PAYCHECK. Reporter: 20,000 GOVERNMENT WORKERS WITHOUT A PAY CHECK NOW. THAT IS HOW MANY FURLOUGHED WORKERS ARE IN THE PITSBURGH REGION AND THE FOOD BANK IS HEARING FROM THEM AND THE WAREHOUSE IS READY TO HELP. THIS TIME MUST BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR FOLKS. WE WANT TO HELP IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN. Reporter: WITH A PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BEFORE CHRISTMAS, FOR 20,000 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IN PITSBURGH THE FOOD BANK BEGAN HEARING FROM WORRIED WORKERS. WE HAVE HAD SOME FOLKS REACH OUT TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AND THAT IS PROBABLY BEEN THE MAIN PLACE WE HAVE HEARD AND THAT STARTED UP AFTER THE FIRST PAYCHECK WAS NOT RECEIVED. Reporter: AND NOW THERE IS NO PAYCHECK. THE FOOD BANK KNOWS ABOUT WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FOR UTILITIES OR FOOD. IF WE CAN PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO HELP STRETCH THE DOLLARS THAT MIGHT BE IN THE SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND HOPEFULLY MAKE IT SO FOLKS DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR GROCERIES ON A CREDIT CARD. Reporter: RIGHT NOW GOVERNMENT WORKERS CAN RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY FOOD BOX LIKE THIS ONE. WITH STAPLES LIKE PASTA, PEANUT BUTTER AND BEANS, PERSONAL CARE ITEMS AND FRESH FOOD. VEGGABLES AND FRUITS. THE FOOD BANK SAYS THEY ARE A FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AND WANT TO BE A SAFETY NET FOR FURLOUGHED WORKERS. THAT IS WHY WE EXIST. WE ARE HERE WHEN FOLKS ARE IN A TOUGH TIME. Reporter: WITH VOLUNTEERS PACKING FOOD, THE MOTTO IS NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS AND THEY DON’T WANT ANYONE TO GO WITHOUT. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS SO WE WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THEM DURING THIS TIME. Reporter: NOW, OF COURSE, YOU CAN COME DOWN HERE TO THE FOOD BANK’S WAREHOUSE AND PICK UP ONE OF THE EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES AND ALSO THE PERSONAL CARE ITEMS AND THE FRESH GROCERIES AS WELL BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME HERE. THEY PARTNERED WITH 400 AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THEY WILL BE IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND THEY HAVE OTHER PROGRAMS. ONE IS CALLED GREEN GROWSER AND

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