P2P offers aid to federal employees affected by shutdown
NORWALK — With the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, some federal employees are working without pay or have been furloughed until further notice.
Person-to-Person, a community-supported agency that provides emergency assistance for basic needs, is waiving income guidelines for its food pantry for federal employees affected by the shutdown. Those in need can access the food pantry to receive seven days of food for the size of the family, covering three meals per day, by showing their federal employee ID card. Clothing and financial assistance are also available.
“Many people live paycheck to paycheck, and without their expected income, they might be forced to choose between paying the mortgage, buying groceries, or filling a prescription. That is not a decision anyone should have to make,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling. “I am thankful for the resources available here in Norwalk through our Human Relations Department, and for the wonderful organizations, like Person-to-Person, that do so much for our community.”
P2P served over 23,000 people last year, and operates food pantries in Norwalk, Stamford, and Darien, and has caseworkers who will work to connect recipients with additional resources and assistance programs.
“I hope those who need assistance will reach out. We will be responsive to anyone who contacts us,” said P2P Executive Director Ceci Maher. “We can be available over the three-day weekend; we are here for people who need help.”
Besides assistance from P2P, Gov. Ned Lamont recently announced a plan that would provide interest-free bank loans to federal workers who aren’t eligible for unemployment checks. The United Way is also working to assist furloughed federal workers.
Those affected by the shutdown are encouraged to contact the Norwalk Human Relations and Fair Rent Department at 203-854-7989 for assistance in identifying resources available to help during the shutdown.
To reach P2P, call 203-655-0048, visit p2phelps.org or find them on Facebook at p2phelps.
Residents can also call 211 to be connected with local services and resources.