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Chula Vista church opens food bank to federal workers and families

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 08:18:07-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - The Promise Church in Chula Vista opened up their food bank to 64 families of federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown Wednesday.

The church gave away boxes of non-perishable food, as well as essential items like diapers and gas cards.

“That is a big, big help and we’re really appreciative of that,” said Aidec Braet, whose husband is a federal employee who is still working without pay.

They’re expected to get back pay when the shutdown is over, but there is currently no end in sight.

Pastor Mario Alas said they open their food bank on Thursdays to families in need. But a TSA worker, who is a member of their church, came to them and told them she was hearing about families in dire need of financial help as their paychecks have stopped coming.

Alas said the church was glad to help. He also hopes it also encourages others to lend a hand to families in need.

If the shutdown continues, the church plans to hold other events to help families in need.