Two Northwest Arkansas organizations are banding together to give food to federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown.
The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport are teaming up to make getting food less of an anxiety for shutdown-affected federal workers, according to an NWA Food Bank news release.
A mobile food pantry will be located east of the main terminal outside of XNA on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“As the government shutdown enters its fifth week, we felt it was our duty to decide on how we could help our local federal employees who are going without pay,” said Kent Eikenberry, the president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
Although federal employees who work at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport are the region’s greatest immediate need, NWA Food Bank representatives said all federal employees struggling to afford food are welcome at the mobile pantry.
“Approximately 65 TSA employees work at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport,” Eikenberry said. “And we felt we could help them out, as well as any other federal employee living in the Northwest Arkansas area, by locating our mobile pantry at the airport.”
Federal employees must bring their government issued identification with them to the mobile pantry to be eligible to receive food.