A local organization has expanded its mission to help people impacted by the longest government shutdown in US history.
Rachel’s Table in Springfield is hosting a food-raiser. They’re collecting and distributing food for people affected by the government shutdown.
For the last 27-years, Rachel’s Table’s army of volunteers has been rescuing and distributing food to make sure no one goes hungry.
Now, they’ve expanded their mission, accepting food donations for people affected by the government shutdown.
“We decided we wanted to help by collecting non-perishable food items and delivering them to organizations that help the federal workers,” said Jodi Falk, director at Rachel’s Table.
Project Hope Pantry in Chicopee is distributing the donations to federally furloughed employees.
Rachel’s Table wants to help as many federal governments employees as they during the shutdown, so they are asking the community for help.
“We reached out to our teen board and they are starting food drives in all the schools in the area and so in partnership with us we will be able to reach more individuals in the community that are affected by the furlough and the shutdown,” said Sarah Maniaci, associate director at Rachel’s Table.
The teen board will be able to collect donations from five different high schools in Hampden County.
All donations to Rachel’s Table will go directly to western Massachusetts residents affected by the shutdown.
Rachel’s Table will accept non-perishable food donations at their central office at 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield.