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22Jan

Food Agencies Creating ‘Emergency Market’ for Federal Workers Squeezed by Shutdown

The Philadelphia Inquirer 

For the first time in its 35-year history, Philabundance is enacting its disaster plan in Philadelphia, to quickly distribute food to federal workers facing hunger because of the partial government shutdown.

The hunger-relief agency is combining with Share Food Program, which supplies 500 food pantries in the region, as well as Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to create what’s being called the Emergency Market.

It will be an outdoor food distribution site to be located under I-95 at Front and Tasker Streets in South Philadelphia, according to Stef Arck-Baynes, director of communications for Philabundance. The market will be open to federal workers who show their identification between 10 and 11 a.m. every Wednesday, beginning next week. The Philadelphia region has around 45,000 federal employees, but it’s not clear how many are furloughed or working for no pay.

Arck-Baynes said there’s a chance the market may move to an indoor location at some point, although plans are still being formulated. The market will run until two weeks after the shutdown is ended, to cover any employees who may not immediately receive paychecks when everyone is back to paid work, she added.

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