Resources available for federal employees

January 12, 2019

As the longest government shutdown in history continues, local nonprofits and businesses are stepping up to help federal employees who may be hurting financially.

Food pantry Jackson Cupboard is open to the public Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as Free Food Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Cupboard is in the basement of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 170 N. Glenwood St.

The Cupboard is also partnering with Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to host a special mobile food pantry on Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Arena at 305 W. Snow King Ave.

“With a good percentage of our community members who work for the federal government not being able to get a paycheck now because of causes out of their control, we just want to put it out there that we’re available for the community to come in and grab food and basic supplies if they need to,” Jackson Cupboard Director Rachel Daluge said.

“Then they can spend what money they do have on other items like childcare or their housing,” Daluge said.

Daluge encouraged people not to be discouraged from seeking help from Jackson Cupboard and to reject the stigma that some may associate with using a food bank.

“They shouldn’t have to worry about putting food on the table especially since this government shutdown is out of their control,” she said.

Jackson Whole Grocer announced a new program called the JWG Federal Worker Appreciation Program. The grocery store will provide a line of credit and a 10 percent discount to workers impacted by the shutdown.

“We are facing a grim reality that federal workers in our community may become food insecure as a result of the shutdown. We would like to do our part to help alleviate some of the pain and stress that come with these circumstances,” said owner Jeff Rice in a press release.

The credit line offered is up to $200 a week with no interest. No payments will be required until the government reopens.

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