Two Bay Area food banks are working to help some of the thousands of federal employees who are not receiving paychecks because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is preparing to provide aid to dozens of U.S. Coast Guard workers and their families in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood, totaling about 400 people, said food bank spokesman Mark Seelig.
The food bank plans on Saturday to deliver produce and help enroll Coast Guard families into Cal Fresh, which provides monthly food benefits to low-income residents.
"There is some concern that they weren't able to feed their families," Seelig said. "They have no idea how long this is going to last."
The nation's top Coast Guard official announced Tuesday that members of the guard will not be receiving their regularly scheduled mid-month paycheck.
In a letter addressed to the Coast Guard's 42,000 members, Admiral Karl Schultz said this marks the first time to his knowledge that servicemembers in a U.S. armed force aren't being paid due to a government shutdown.