Escondido woman starts collecting food for government employees during shutdown

Posted at 9:53 PM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-13 19:08:26-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- An Escondido woman has started a food drive to help government employees during the shutdown.

Patti Thompson had the idea Friday night. She runs the Facebook community group Escondido Friends. She posted her idea on the page and received an overwhelming response. Thompson's living room is now full of donations.

Approximately 15 people stopped by her home to drop off donations. Three families showed up for help. One family told Thompson they are worried about how they'll pay rent. Thompson says the woman was in tears. Thompson is providing roughly a weeks worth of food for families; she just ask for a government issued ID as proof.

Thompson is vowing to help until the government reopens. She says collecting food is not a partisan issue and she hopes families will welcome the help.

All non-perishable food donations are welcome. If you'd like to drop off food donations or if you are a government employee who needs help, email