Furloughed workers and families seek help from food bank

Lowcountry food bank (WCIV)

Area food banks like Lowcountry Food Bank have had a lot more people reaching out for assistance, and volunteers say their experiencing shortages.

Some workers are about to miss their second paycheck, others say they’ve been told by their government employers that they may not see a check until mid-February.

We spoke with two moms who say they’re visiting a food bank for the first time in their lives.

Both say their husbands who are in Coast Guard haven’t seen a paycheck in weeks.

“I was really surprised at the amount of people that were here. I’m very grateful that this is here, it’s really overwhelming just talking to people in line you get goosebumps listening to other people’s stories, there was a lot of people effected by the shut down,” said Stephanie Hale, a mother of three who’s spouse of 10 years in the coast guard.

Of the more the 50 people in line when ABC News 4 crews arrived, only one was willing to speak on camera.

Another woman tells us her husband, who also serves in the Coast Guard was told not to speak to the media.

“This is the second paycheck on the first that he’ll be not getting a paycheck and he’s still working, he’s not out of work he has to work,” she said.

The next farmer’s market is being set up Thursday the 24, and volunteers say they hope to see more people coming out, especially those effected by the shutdown.

That will be located on Sycamore Avenue in Charleston at 11 a.m.

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