Free food offered to local federal employees affected by shut down

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 09:31:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Farm Share, a Florida-based food nonprofit, is offering food assistance to federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Farm Share is allowing affected families to pick up a week’s worth or more of food that can be used to feed the family for the duration of the shutdown or as long as they continue to be in need.  

The organization is providing healthy and nutritious fruits, vegetables, rice, proteins, and other non-perishable food products.

“Farm Share views the effects of the prolonged partial government shutdown on the livelihood and wellbeing of federal employees in the same manner we do a natural disaster. Therefore, given the unknown duration of this event, we’re working diligently to plan and implement relief efforts aimed at helping those affected families and individuals throughout Florida,” stated Farm Share Chief Operation Officer Stephen Shelley.

Any federal employee and their families can contact Farm Share via phone to request food assistance. 

Farm Share is also reaching out directly to federal employers affected by the shutdown to offer assistance in setting up food distributions at their place of employment. This includes the TSA, Coast Guard, National Parks, and other employers needing Farm Share’s assistance in setting up relief distributions for their employees.

If your family needs help, you can call the following numbers for assistance:

  • Farm Share - Quincy: 18212 Blue Star Hwy, Quincy, FL 32351 | (850) 627-9500
  • Farm Share - Jacksonville: 1502 Jessie St, Jacksonville, FL 32206 | (904) 328-6158
  • Farm Share - Homestead: 14125 SW 320th St, Homestead, FL 33033 | (305) 246-3276