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Utah Food Bank Helps Furloughed IRS Employees

PHOTO: Putting food on the table has become an unexpected challenge for furloughed IRS workers in Ogden. They're among the recent clients at a local food bank. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
PHOTO: Putting food on the table has become an unexpected challenge for furloughed IRS workers in Ogden. They're among the recent clients at a local food bank. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
October 16, 2013

OGDEN, Utah - Employees furloughed from the Internal Revenue Service office in Odgen are showing the impact of the government shutdown by showing up at a local food bank.

Marcie Valdez, director of the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, said the agency has helped at least 70 families of furloughed federal workers since the government shutdown began more than two weeks ago.

"Yeah, most of the families we are seeing, federal employees, are very stable individuals who have a solid income," she said. "They just maybe don't have savings or family to lean on - just that unexpected loss of income."

Valdez said many of the federal workers now being helped by the food bank have in the past donated food or volunteered at the agency.

Having to ask for a food donation in order to survive is not easy on people accustomed to earning a regular paycheck, she said.

"The demeanor from most of the folks we've seen, they've been very humbled," she said. "It's a very difficult thing to have to come into a food pantry and ask for help."

Valdez said each family is given about $150 worth of food.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT