Mineta San Jose partners with food bank to feed employees affected by US government shutdown

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Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) has teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) to distribute food and goods to federal employees working at the airport who are affected by the partial US government shutdown. SHFB distributed produce and non-perishable foods, and SJC staff donated personal hygiene items to support up to 175 federal employees and their families.

“Our federal employees continue to report for duty and are a key reason why the airport has continued to operate safely, securely and efficiently since the partial government shutdown began on December 22, 2018, during the peak-travel holiday period,” said Judy Ross, assistant director of aviation, Mineta San Jose International Airport.

“It’s important that we collaborate with SHFB and other community partners and demonstrate how much we care about our fellow employees, so they can feed their families during this difficult period.”

Leslie Bacho CEO of SHFB, added, “We’ve heard from a number of federal workers in the community who have been struggling during the shutdown, so we are pleased that San Jose is taking such a proactive stance to support its airport staff who are affected by the furlough.

“We are pleased to partner with the San Jose airport to provide healthy food and support to employees, and to make the process as easy and as welcoming as possible as they go through this challenging time.”

Federal employees visited the distribution location at SJC’s loading dock on Wednesday 23, between 12:00pm and 3:00pm. They stocked up on boxed cereals and pastas, canned vegetables and fruits, fresh produce such as carrots, celery, onions, apples and oranges, and beans and frozen sauces. Toilet paper and feminine hygiene products were also available.

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