Unions, Maryland Food Bank Partner to Help Federal Workers

January 24, 2019
In The News

At lunchtime Wednesday, underneath a dim overcast sky, 77 families of furloughed federal workers showed up to a union parking lot for food. In the crowd was Donna, a Baltimore employee of the Treasury Department. Having fallen on hard times thanks to the partial federal government shutdown, she felt uncomfortable giving her last name for this story. “The shutdown has changed things a lot for my family,” Donna told Capital News Service. “Now we only eat the necessities, which means nothing like desserts. My credit has gone down and it’s tough to pay my son’s college tuition.” Donna’s was one of many stories in the parking lot of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for the first fresh food giveaway for government employees hosted by multiple unions and the Maryland Food Bank…. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Towson) also appeared at the event briefly, offering their emotional support to workers while also thanking volunteers. “Workers and everyone who relies on their work are being hurt by the shutdown,” Sarbanes said. “But you don’t want to give in and show [President Donald] Trump that he can hold workers hostage to get what he wants. These are people that work for him and this is no way to treat them.”