As the partial government shutdown threatens to stretch into its third week, the Springfield Salvation Army is offering help to federal employees who are set to begin missing paychecks.
The non-profit's food pantry typically operates on Wednesdays only, but workers will be opening its doors Monday through Friday in an effort to help people who have been furloughed or are working without pay.
"Who knows how much longer it's going to go, so we just want to be available to those workers who may need a little bit of extra help with food," says Salvation Army Community Relations Director Jeff Smith. "We want to help people, and we realize this is kind of a special circumstance for those individuals."
Smith goes on to say that this service is about much more than just helping to provide people with a good meal.
"Worry and fear can do a lot of damage to folks if it's not addressed, and that's one thing where we're trying to help people not to have that fear, not to have that worry. Come over and see us. Help us share with you not only the food, but some faith and hope."
If you're worried about where your next meal may come from, or feel that you're on the verge of food insecurity, Smith says you can call the Springfield Salvation Army office at (417) 862-5509. They'll put you in touch with a case worker to figure out what they can do to help you.
If you'd like to donate to the Salvation Army in Springfield, you can text "SGF" to 41444, or visit the non-profit's website at www.salvationarmyspringfield.org/.