Food bank for federal workers opens in the Bronx

MORRISANIA, the Bronx — The partial government shutdown has dragged on for nearly a month, causing more concern among people over making ends meet.

With each missed paycheck, federal workers are concerned about bills and putting food on the table.

About 10,000 people who live in New York City are federal furloughed workers.

Emergency help is coming as Councilman Ritchie Torres and the Bronx Parent Housing Network established a food pantry in the Morrisania section of the Bronx for those who have been negatively impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Victor Rivera of the Bronx Parent Housing Network told PIX11 the organization, which have been helping the homeless and hungry for 18 years, and Councilman Torres want to help those who help the country. Those who need assistance can come to their location at 488 East 164th St. between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also offer delivery within the five boroughs.

“It’s a travesty that someone that works for the federal government to protect this country is now facing the difference between feeding their family or taking their children to school; paying the rent or being homeless, and we just want to reach out and let them know that Bronx Parent Housing Network and Councilman Ritchie Torres are here to help.”

The government shutdown is now the longest in history on its 28th day on Friday. The previous longest was 21 days in 1995-96, under President Bill Clinton.

The shutdown isn’t just affecting the livelihood of federal workers. Recipients of food stamps are collecting their funds for February, but beyond that, uncertainty of the program can continue.

President Donald Trump has slammed Democrats for the lack of progress toward reopening the federal government amid border wall negotiations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reiterated that she is willing to negotiate money for border security once the government is reopened, but she said Democrats remain opposed to Trump’s long-promised wall.

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