The federal government shutdown is over, at least for now.
But Jacksonville nonprofits continue to help workers who were affected.
Nonprofits are assisting federal employees who had been furloughed during the shutdown as they recover from more than a month without pay.
Non-essential federal employees had been furloughed for 35 days until President Trump and Congress reached a deal on Jan. 25 that will restore funding at least until Feb. 15. More than 800,000 federal employees were not paid during the shutdown, Politico reported.
Feeding Northeast Florida is still raising funds for meals for employees, recognizing that recovering from the missed income could take time.
“The government shutdown has left Northeast Florida families and furloughed Coast Guard members with no way to pay their bills and feed their families. Those living paycheck to paycheck have nothing to live on,” the community food bank wrote on its website.
Feeding Northeast Florida distributed food to TSA workers and other federal employees at a Jan. 24 food distribution at Jacksonville International Airport.
Federal employees also received support from nonprofits like the Cummer Museum, which let affected workers in for free during the shutdown.
Feeding Northeast Florida says that volunteers can keep helping furloughed employees by helping to sort and package food for distribution.
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