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Local Food Pantry Steps Up to Help FCI Sandstone Employees hit by Shutdown

Employees of FCI Sandstone have officially missed their second paycheck during the partial government shutdown.

The lack of pay is now more than ever leaving workers to decide what is the most important to spend their last remaining dollars on.

To help offset the burden felt by FCI's staff, a local food pantry has set up a food pick up near the facility.

Next Door Food Pantry run by Frank Moyer was started with the goal of helping their neighbors.

"When I was a little kid, my mom would always say go next door and get a cup of flour. The premise behind it [Next Door Food Pantry] was to help our neighbors," Moyer said.

Moyer has friends who work for the federal government so he knows how they have been impacted by the shutdown

He said, "I drive by that road every morning, and we've got friends who work for the federal government who have been affected. I figured if they have been affected so have the people who work for the Sandstone prison.

Next Door Food Pantryhas partnered with local grocery stores to supply food to the people at FCI Sandstone.

They will brave the cold on Friday, January 25 to distribute the food at the intersection of Highway 123 and Prison road from 3 to 6 p.m.

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