RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — FeedMore held a special food distribution on Friday for those affected by the partial government shutdown.
Workers impacted by the shutdown have missed one paycheck and FeedMore has seen a 58 percent increase in calls to their hunger hotline in just one week. The distribution was to help lessen the burden for those workers.
The Pop-Up Distribution took place on Feed More’s campus, in the parking lot of Building II at 1601 Rhoadmiller Street, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The food distribution served the first 150 households.
Each household was provided with a variety of fresh produce, non-perishable food items and a lean protein.
“About 12,000 folks work for the federal government. Not all of them furloughed of course. But they’re in this situation and we want to help them at least with the food point of view, with their needs. Doesn’t pay for their gas, doesn’t pay for the roof over their head but it sure does help them out with feeding themselves and their kids,” Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at Feed More, said.
Additionally, FeedMore had information about additional resources in the community.
“It is our job to take care of our community and we are here to provide our neighbors impacted by the government shut down with a hand up in their times of need,” Pick explained.
FeedMore says they may schedule another Pop-Up Distribution in the coming weeks.
Those who have been affected by the shutdown and need emergency food assistance can call Feed More’s Hunger Hotline – 804-521-2500 x631 – or fill out an online inquiry form. For more information about FeedMore, visit FeedMore.org.