Anti-hunger nonprofit caters to furloughed workers with free food

Pat Loeb
January 18, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Samantha Mogil, manager of government and community affairs for Share Food Program, says in the organization's warehouse that the nonprofit will provide free food for furloughed workers.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia anti-hunger groups are preparing to provide food to federal workers who have been without a paycheck now for four weeks.

Share Food Program, the local nonprofit that is also the lead agency in Philadelphia for state and federal food programs, has been able to keep up its regular distribution of emergency food assistance, according to Samantha Mogil, manager of government and community affairs.

She said its orders came in before the shutdown, and it will use what surplus it has to feed furloughed workers "to try to just play our part in helping people."

It's largely milk and grapes from a new federal program to give relief to farmers suffering from the trade wars, but Share is teaming up with Philabundance and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Nutritional Development Services in the hopes of providing a more well-rounded diet. 

Philabundance is also doing separate fundraising to augment what Share has, as well as the Archdiocese.

There's additional worry over the need for Share's normal emergency food distribution, which is likely to increase when the shutdown begins affecting SNAP Food Benefits. States are already giving out SNAP benefits now — two weeks early — but cautioning that  there will be no February benefits, so recipients have to make it last.

The food giveaway will take place in South Philadelphia — under the I-95 overpass at Front and Tasker streets — from 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday for as long as the furlough lasts.