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Here’s where federal workers can get food, water, supplies for free in SC

Furloughed TSA workers receive food donation

The Harvest Hope food bank donated food and water to the furloughed TSA employees working at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. 67 federal employees have been working for nearly a month without pay due to the government shutdown.
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The Harvest Hope food bank donated food and water to the furloughed TSA employees working at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. 67 federal employees have been working for nearly a month without pay due to the government shutdown.

Federal government employees in Florence who are struggling to make ends meet will soon have a little relief thanks to a South Carolina group.

Harvest Hope Food Bank is holding a free pantry at the Hampton Inn & Suites near Interstate 95 and Highway 52, according to a statement from the group.

Federal employees with an ID will have access to food, water, baby items and other supplies, according to the statement. The pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 23.

“As a food bank, we realize that this is a difficult time for many federal employees and their families,” said Nicole Echols, Harvest Hope Food Bank Florence Donor Relations Manager, according to the statement. “We want to encourage federal employees needing help to stop by and please don’t feel ashamed. Hard times happen and that is what we are here for – to help.”

Monday, the government shut down entered its 31st day. The long-lasting defunding of the federal government left employees without paychecks and struggling to make ends meet.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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