Families still feeling effects of government shutdown

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When President Trump announced an end to the longest government shutdown in US history Friday, many federal workers and their families breathed a sigh of relief. But many still have yet to be paid.

“These people in the Coast Guard that didn’t see those paychecks for almost five weeks, so many of them have babies and small children. They need diapers,” said Roxann Lansdowne, President of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is just one organization in Wilmington that is lending a hand to those affected by the shutdown. They stayed open extra hours so families could pick up necessities.

“Instead of us pre-packing anything for them, let them go shopping and get what they need,” said Lansdowne.

‘Catch’ seafood restaurant on market street is also doing their part. Owner Keith Rhodes says it’s important to him and his staff to give back to the community.

“From 11:00 – 1:00, Tuesday through Friday, we are serving lunch here. And so folks come right in, it’s kind of self-serve, buffet kind of setup,” said Rhodes.

Rhodes says he says he knows it can be hard to accept help when you’re used to doing everything for yourself, but he says don’t worry about it. Just bring your government ID and your appetite.

“No pretentiousness, no anything, no tips, no waiter, no waitress, just come in and have a good meal,” said Rhodes.

Rhodes says if the government shuts down again on February 15, he’ll continue to offer the same deal to workers.

The National Finance Center says employees should receive their paychecks no later than Thursday.

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