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Free chicken plates for furloughed government workers

January 23, 2019

SAN BENITO – The traditional servings of a chicken quarter with rice and beans are the same, but this is not your typical Saturday chicken plate event at a church.

With the ongoing federal government shutdown leaving many area residents on furlough and without pay, local organizations have come together to host a chicken plate giveaway for government employees and their families.

“ We felt like we needed to do something,” said Forest Walker, President of the San Benito Food Pantry. “It’s not just for government workers. It’s for their family members. We have to take care of the families, too.”

Government workers and their families are invited to get a free chicken plate on Saturday, Jan. 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at Livingstone Family Church, 2007 E. Expressway 83.

Organizers of the event hope to distribute 400 plates and provide assistance to those struggling to make ends meet without a paycheck. Along with Walker and the San Benito Food Pantry, this giveaway is made possible by Pastor Ernest Garcia of Livingstone Family Church and Bee First Primary Home Care community liaisons Angel Gutierrez, Jonathan Serrano and Robert Camacho.

“ We wanted to help out to the community, help those going through a tough time,” Gutierrez said. “We normally set-up on Wednesdays with the Food Pantry. It’s important to us to give back.”

Walker encourages any furloughed government worker in need of help to contact her at the San Benito Food Pantry at (956) 572-0003.

“ I don’t care where you live, we’re still going to help you,” she said. “If you can get to us, we will take care of you.”

What you should know

Free chicken plates for government employees & families

Saturday, Jan. 26

Noon to 3 p.m.

Livingstone Family Church, 2007 E. Expressway 83

For more info, call (956) 572-0003

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