A Pop Up food pantry on Thursday, Jan. 31 provided meat, fresh produce and other food items for IRS workers. CONTRIBUTED

Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes food for federal employees

The Atlanta Community Food Bank announced that it distributes 38,600 pounds of food for federal employees in partnership with Atlanta Area McDonald’s, according to a press release.

Although the government shutdown has ended, Atlanta Food Bank officials said that many people just started receiving checks today and it will take some time for them to recover from the effects of having gone without pay for nearly a month.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank organized a Pop Up food pantry on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Atlanta-based IRS customer service center where it distributed 38,600 pounds of food that included hams, chicken, fresh produce and other nonperishable food items to over 1,000 IRS workers.

“These families are facing a real challenge, one that many of them never thought they would encounter,” said Kyle Waide, President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “These are people who work hard to service our country and they need our help.”

The Food Bank will continue to provide assistance for federal workers as the government works out a solution by organizing Pop Up pantries and distributing food through its partner agencies. The Greater Atlanta McDonald’s owners/operators sponsored this event and contributed meal coupons for federal workers.

“We are grateful for the support from our community and our friends at McDonald’s as we continue to serve all members of our community to ensure that everyone has the nutrition they need,” added Waide.

For more information about Pop Up pantries and partner agencies that are available to serve individuals affected by the shutdown, go to: www.acfb.org.

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