Food banks across the country helped keep federal employees fed during the government shutdown. Many workers missed out on a month’s or even two months’ income, so feeding their families was a worry. In this panic, the food banks that some federal employees donated to in the past were the ones that helped them out.
Around 800,000 federal employees didn’t get paid the last month. The shutdown was devastating for some families because their stable government job for decades has suddenly stopped paying them. Especially for those families who live paycheque-to-paycheque, missing out on a whole month’s salary can made it hard to make ends meet. Thankfully, food banks were there to assist the hardworking government employees who needed a little bit of help.
Food banks all over the United States stepped in to help feed the federal employees who missed their paycheques. Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas distributed food exclusively for federal workers on Martin Luther King Jr Day, and about 80 families were able to get free food. The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributed food for unpaid employees working at the airport, the prison, and the US Coast Guards. They were able to give food to around 1,300 employees. These are just a few examples; there are so many other food banks that helped the federal workers.
While it’s amazing that these food banks stepped in to help feed the federal employees who usually donate to them, the increase in people who need food has stretched the budgets of some food banks. Helping out government employees and those who usually rely on the food banks has cost a lot of money. For example, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank expected to spend $100,000 more a week as the shutdown continued. Now that it’s over, the food banks might require the assistance of those they helped out once again.
Good Karma is brought to the world by doing selfless acts for others. These federal employees gave to food banks when they could, and now they are being helped out in return. Of course, one is not supposed to give to expect being helped out later in return. The cycle of good deeds comes from a place of true altruism.