Furloughed government workers face challenges in paying for rent, groceries and other bills that will accumulate while the government shutdown continues. West Suburban Community Pantry is offering to help with one of those bills.
The Pantry is offering any furloughed worker two weeks’ worth of groceries.
Workers must present a valid government ID to receive the groceries.
“Many furloughed workers might not think they qualify for a food pantry and under normal circumstances, they might not. The partial government shutdown has created a unique and urgent situation, so our agency is prepared to offer our services to those impacted” said Pantry Executive Director, Laura Coyle.
The Pantry will be temporarily waiving requirements for furloughed workers and allowing them access to groceries and fresh produce.
Furloughed workers will be eligible to receive:
- fresh produce
- shelf stable food items
WSCP is available to clients twice a month for groceries and fresh produce is available weekly. Pantry service hours can be found here.
Other services, such as mobile pantries that serve families in central locations, are also available to federal employees. West Suburban Community Pantry hosts mobile pantries in Romeoville, Bolingbrook and Willowbrook. A schedule can be found here.