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Ballard Food Bank to furloughed workers: ‘We’re there for you’

As the federal government shutdown capped its 24th day, a Seattle food bank expressed that they are there to help struggling workers.

SEATTLE — If you’re a worker impacted by the federal government shutdown, the Ballard Food Bank has a message for you: we’re here to help.

“We know this is something that can help them sustain whatever dollars they put away during that time, and that’s why we’re here,” said Ballard Food Bank Executive Director Jen Muzia.

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Muzia said the food bank had received some calls inquiring whether their services were open to furloughed government workers, and the answer is yes.

The Ballard Food Bank serves about 1,200 people each week from Seattle’s Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne neighborhoods. They offer resources including a grocery store-like shopping experience, financial services, and driver license vouchers.

Muzia said food banks are accessed year-round when people are facing a financial crisis, including the shutdown, which is in its 24th day.

If you need help, bring a photo ID and a piece of mail that shows you live in the area to your neighborhood food bank; there’s 27 food banks in Seattle.

“Asking for help is always hard, and to know from that standpoint it’s ok to come in, and we’re there for you,” Muzia said.