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Local food banks offer help to government workers affected by shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, a Lowcountry agency is lending a helping hand to federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay.

Bluffton Self Help is offering furloughed federal workers the ability to use their food pantry. The agency knows its hard to ask for help, and that's why they are offering it first.

Kim Hall, executive director of Bluffton Self Help says, "We don't want this to spiral or stress for families that may be in need. We want this to support them and provide stability for them in a really hard,  stressful time of not knowing when they are going to receive their next paycheck. It is very scary for folks here and we want to relieve some of that stress and burden."

If you are a federal worker and would like to get help, you just have to register with Bluffton Self Help. Call 843-757-8000 for more information.

In Savannah, America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia tells us they are also here to help. They haven't heard from any federal employees yet but say anyone who needs help with food or
other services should contact them at 912- 236-6750.

You may be directed to their Savannah Office or to another food pantry.


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