Margaret’s Pantry providing food for workers impacted by government shutdown


The city of Holyoke and Providence Ministries are partnering to support furloughed federal workers and people impacted by the government shutdown. 

Margaret’s Pantry will provide a free food share to any household impacted by the shutdown. 

“The City of Holyoke supports Providence Ministries on an annual basis with federal Community Development Block Grant funds to operate their community programs. I am thankful that Providence Ministries is able to assist those residents serving our country in their time of need and encourage anyone impacted by the federal shutdown to utilize these services. The work of local government never stops, and we want these workers to know that their local officials are here to help when the federal government won’t,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. 

“Living check to check that makes a huge impact when you’re not being paid. We just want to say there families should not go hungry, they should not go without the needs that they have,” said the Executive Director of Providence Ministries, Shannon Rudder. 

To arrange confidential pick-up of a food share from Margaret’s Pantry, please contact Brenda at Margaret’s Pantry at 413-538-8026 or email and bring proof of federal-related employment at time of pick up. 

Federal workers in need of other services are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s Office at 413-322-5510 for a referral. 

Margaret’s Pantry is located at 56 Cabot Street in Holyoke. 

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