Federal government shutdown brings out Columbia protesters
Harvest Hope Food Bank will be distributing free boxes of food to furloughed federal workers on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Food bank workers will be at Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 10 a.m. on Thursday to hand out more than 75 boxes of food, as well as produce, meat and water. The distribution on Thursday is for TSA workers and Air Traffic Controllers at the airport, and it will take place at the east side dock terminal of the airport, while supplies last.
Non-airport federal workers who are in need can call Harvest Hope or stop by the food bank in Columbia to receive assistance.
Federal workers throughout the country have been without pay and forced to find other sources of food, income and other necessities as the partial government shutdown entered its 25th day.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is located at 3250 Airport Blvd. in West Columbia. Harvest Hope Food Bank is located at 2220 Shop Road and can be reached at 803-254-4432
Correction, Jan. 16, 12:58 p.m.: A previous version of this article stated the food distribution at the airport was open to all furloughed federal workers in need. Harvest Hope clarified its news release to specify that Thursday’s event is only for TSA and Air Traffic Controllers at the airport. However, Harvest Hope will help other furloughed workers in need if they call or visit the food bank.