Astoria pop-up pantry aims to help Coast Guard


, AND ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE OFF THE JOB. OF COARSE, THAT IS CUTTING OFF SOME IMPORTANT SERVICES. DAN: THE PARTIAL SHUT DOWN MEANS COAST GUARD FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE MISSING THEIR FIRST PAY CHECK TODAY, AN ESTIMATED 1500 COAST GUARD MEMBERS IN AND AROUND THE ASTORIA AREA, ARE IMPACTED. JENNIFER: LET’S GO TO AMY FRAZIER WHERE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE STEPPING UP TO HELP WITH A POP-UP FOOD PANTRY. A LOT OF HEART IS GOING INTO THIS PROJECT. VOLUNTEERS ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS TO LET COAST GUARD FAMILIES KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE DURING THE SHUTDOWN. WHAT’S BEING CALLED THE BE THE LIGHT FOOD PANTRY WILL WILL OPEN THIS WEEKEND AT THE MASONIC LODGE AND ASTORIA. COAST GUARD WIFE STACEY BENSON SAW SOMETHING SIMILAR IN ANOTHER STATE AND TEAMED UP WITH A BOY SCOUT TROOP AND THE MOM’S CLUB OF ASTORIA TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, . THE IDEA IS TO RELIEVE SOME OF THE FINANCIAL STRESS RIGHT NOW FOR COAST GUARD FAMILIES, THE COAST GUARD IS THE ONLY BRANCH OF THE MILITARY AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN SINCE IT FALLS UNDER THE UNFUNDED DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. NATIONWIDE, ABOUT 42,000 COAST GUARD MEMBERS ARE WORKING WITHOUT PAY. THAT INCLUDES AMANADA GIBBS’ HUSBAND. THEY HAVE 5 CHILDREN INCLUDING 18 MONTH OLD TWINS, WITH NO PAYCHECK TODAY, THEY’RE LIVING OFF THEIR SAVINGS, EATING AND CUTTING BACK ON THINGS LIKE DRIVING TO HAVE MONEY TO PUT TOWARDS BILLS. ALL WE CAN DO IS KEEP PUSHING FORWARD. KNOW THAT HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE AN END IN SIGHT. THERE ARE DONATION DROP OFF SITES THROUGH OUT THE ASTORIA AREA, THEY NEED EVERYTHING FROM NON-PERISHABLE FOODS TO CLEANING SUPPLIES AND PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS. AGAIN, THE FOOD PANTRY WILL BE HELD AT THE MASONIC LODGE IN ASTORIA THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 11:00 UNTIL 3:00.

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