Food bank to offer special distribution for federal employees amid shutdown

Central Texas Food Bank

Texas has more than 35,000 federal employees who work for agencies not being funded by the current government shutdown, behind only Washington D.C. and California in the number of workers affected. After missing a paycheck last Friday and facing an uncertain future, thousands of them are now facing tough decisions about what they can afford.

To help make sure furloughed federal employees and their families don’t go hungry, the Central Texas Food Bank, which serves the food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school programs, snack programs and other service sites in 21 counties, will offer a special food distribution and resource fair this Wednesday. Learn more below and share.

WHAT:Special food distribution and resource fair to assist furloughed federal government employees.

WHEN:Wednesday, January 16, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHY:The Central Texas Food Bank is concerned about how the federal government shutdown is affecting everyone, in particular the tens of thousands of Central Texas federal employees who suddenly find themselves in need.

WHERE:The Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744

As always, anyone in need can access food through CTFB’s network of nearly 300 partner agencies and mobile food pantry distributions throughout Central Texas. For the nearest food distribution, just go to and click on Find Food Now on the home page.

Due to the special circumstances resulting from the federal government shutdown, we realize that many people who have never accessed our services may now need to. To help them navigate this difficult time, we’ll be holding a special distribution here at the Central Texas Food Bank this Wednesday, January 16th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our address is 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin, 78744.

In addition to distributing food, we’ll have a resource fair, so furloughed workers can get more information on all the ways they can access food through our network, and find out about other programs that may be able to help them in their time of need.

We stand ready to help all Texans affected by the shutdown, but all of this extra demand will put a strain on our resources. So if you’re not in need and you’re able to help with your donations or by volunteering at the Food Bank during this time, please do so. Go to to donate or volunteer.

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