Alameda Food Bank helping Coast Guard families in need during shutdown

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ALAMEDA (KRON) — In the wake of the government shutdown, the Alameda Food Bank is turning its sights to the Coast Guard, whose members are among those not receiving a paycheck during the government shutdown.

“Certainly we want to make sure the people that take are taking care of us, that we take care of them,” said Cindy Houts, with the Alameda Food Bank.

Friday afternoon, the food bank delivered a van full of food which will be handed out to east bay coast guard families on Sunday.

“We brought peanut butter, rice, tomatoes, pineapple slices, milk, cereal — and they think they’ll go through every box,” Houts said.

There are an estimated 200 coast guard families in the East Bay that will be helped by these donations.

“It’s amazing to see the outpour of what the community can give back to us,” said Shelby James, a Coast Guard spouse.

The East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club which is sponsoring Sundays event says they are still in need of bread, sugar, flour and eggs and is hoping to donations will continue to pour in since its unknown when the shutdown will end.

“There are some families that are living paycheck to paycheck and they want this paycheck so they can buy their groceries for their next meals,” said Danielle Manor, a coast guard spouse. “So this is what’s going to be their meals until they get paid.”

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