Government Shutdown: Catholic Charities Giving Away Food Friday to Federal Workers (Holly Meyer, The Tennessean)

Posted 01/24/2019

If you're a federal employee impacted by the ongoing government shutdown, Catholic Charities of Tennessee wants to make sure you have food on your table.

The nonprofit is hosting an emergency food distribution event for local federal government employees. Fresh, frozen and nonperishable foods will be available free of charge from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Holy Name Parish Center, 508 Main Street, in East Nashville.

Each participant will need to bring their federal employee ID card and are encouraged to bring bags and boxes to help carry their items home.

The emergency food distribution event is through Catholic Charities' Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry program and in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

They are just the latest entities in the region trying to help federal employees who have gone without a paycheck since Dec. 22. There were more than 25,000 federal civilian workers in Tennessee as of September 2017, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Catholic Charities isn't the only faith-based group helping out either.

On Thursday morning, members of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville served breakfast to about 100 Transportation Security Administration workers at Nashville International Airport, said Collin Wood, the church's creative arts pastor.

They treated the TSA workers, who are working without pay, to Chick-fil-A biscuits and fruit cups, but also expressing their appreciation for what TSA staff do to keep everyone safe, Wood said.

The church also is helping a couple of families in their congregation who are affected by the government shutdown, Wood said.

Reach Holly Meyer at or 615-259-8241 and on Twitter @HollyAMeyer.


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