Mobile food pantry to extend services to furloughed government employees

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 21:37:54-05

The Central Texas Food Bank Mobile pantry will be stepping up to help those impacted by the partial government shutdown.

The mobile food pantry usually visits the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center in Temple every fourth Thursday of the month to assist veterans. However, in two days, it will extend that service to furloughed government employees. 

“The Central Texas Food Bank is a great partner,” said Christopher R. Sandles, Director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. “When we asked them to extend food safety assistance to furloughed federal employees, they did not hesitate to offer their help and we extend our sincere appreciation to them.”

Due to the special circumstances, clients will receive a box of food with shelf stable items and produce instead of normally available items.

The food bank is prepared to serve up to 850 people on Thursday while providing information on other locations to get food. 

“We’re glad to be able to expand our monthly mobile food pantry distribution at the Temple VA to include furloughed federal employees. We hope that the food and resources we provide will help them get through this difficult time," said Derrick Chubbs, President & CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank.

The food distribution will take place from 9 - 11 a.m. 

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