I received a very ironic email from my local food bank asking for donations (some text has been altered to protect privacy). Needless to say, I’m not contributing right now.
The text of the solicitation is as follows:
We are currently in the longest government shutdown in the history of our country. With no end in sight, many local (residents) are affected:
- Federal workers who are currently furloughed and not being paid.
- Contracted workers, such as janitorial staff and food service workers, who are out of work and will never see these lost wages.
- Employees from local businesses who are losing valuable work hours as federal employees look to cut expenses.
(Food Bank) currently serves 2,300 families on a weekly basis, and we need your help in order to keep up with the rising demand for our services. Please consider making a donation to (Food Bank) to support all those in need at this time.