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Federal employees turn to South Plains Food Bank for help during shutdown

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The South Plains Food Bank (SPFB), along with a large network of food banks, is preparing to assist those individuals who have been negatively impacted by the Government Shutdown, which has been going on now for 28 days. 

As a result, government employees are finding themselves in difficult financial situations due to unpaid wages, and SPFB CEO David Weaver said they are prepared to assist those families with food boxes, food pantries and other services they provide.

"When times are hard for people, we can make a difference in their lives. We can give them hope and a little bit of stability and they can get on with the other things they need to be taking care of," Weaver said.

The South Plains Food Bank uses a sliding scale to determine eligibility with the line at 185 percent of the federal poverty line, and for a family of four, a little more than $45,000 a year.

Weaver said the bank is making exceptions for federal employees.

"They can come by the South Plains Food Bank and we can take their information and we need to verify that they are federal employees," Weaver said.

Despite the end of the government shutdown being a big question mark, Weaver said SPFB will stay prepared. 

"We don't know how long the furlough will last but we will make the exception as long as the furlough lasts," Weaver said.

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