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MAFB Feeding Furloughed Families
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Fills our Tank!
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) has been supporting furloughed federal employees and their families during the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. Currently, emergency provisions have been provided along with instructions on how to access MAFB’s network of more than 800 local community agencies.
"We have already assisted families from TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and Federal Prison Camp Montgomery, and we will continue to assist furloughed families as long as the shutdown continues.”
Government shutdowns are not a new phenomenon. Federal employees have been furloughed 10 separate times since 1976. Prior to
“We have responded to this emergent need – which is in keeping with our mission,” said Richard A. Deem, MAFB’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our response is similar to the type of response we recently supported in the immediate aftermath of October’s Hurricane Michael’s devastation of the Florida panhandle and South Alabama.
1990, funding gaps did not always lead to government
shutdowns, but since 1990 the prevailing practice has been to shut down the government for the majority of funding gaps. Shutdowns have also occurred at the state, territorial, and local levels of government. The current federal government shutdown is the longest in the history of our nation.
“Our mission simply isn’t driven by politics,” said Deem. “Our mission is to fight hunger. We’re providing emergent support and integrating anyone impacted by this shutdown into our existing network of agencies.
“Access to contact information for the local agencies within our network is readily available on our web site where we have an interactive map,” added Deem. “All anyone has to do is type in their zip code and a list of agencies within that zip code will appear. Please keep in mind that those agencies vary in capacity and hours of operation www.montgomeryareafoodbank.org/NeedHelp.html.“
We recently received a WHOPPING $10,587.50 donation from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation - this year’s Fill Your Tank Fund Drive, which was originally launched in October 2016 to mark Enterprise’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million to fight hunger globally.
Since then, $10 million has been distributed annually to support food banks and charities throughout North America and Europe. In keeping with their AMAZING tradition of support – volunteers stayed and quickly began working a Volunteer Project the entire morning!