‘Fear. It’s just plain, flat-out fear.’ Trump’s shutdown sends federal workers to food pantries

‘Fear. It’s just plain, flat-out fear.’ Trump’s shutdown sends federal workers to food pantries

In Ogden, Utah, a city of 87,000 with more than 4,000 federal workers, downtown is noticeably empty and the city expects lowered sales tax revenue, which accounts for a third of annual revenue. The city’s director of community and economic development says that “The lunches that are missed and the shopping that is missed, people are staying at home, and that really hurts our small-business community.”

One furloughed IRS employee is considering becoming a plasma donor to supplement her partner’s income during the shutdown. A food pantry has opened to furloughed workers, and a case manager there says that what she sees is “Fear. It’s just plain, flat-out fear.” One longtime IRS employee described going to the food pantry as “kind of embarrassing,” but with no paycheck and a disabled adult son to support, “I have to.”

via Daily Kos ‘Fear. It’s just plain, flat-out fear.’ Trump’s shutdown sends federal workers to food pantries

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