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Amid Mounting Need, Federal Workers Go To Maryland Food Bank

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Dozens of government workers stopped by the food bank Wednesday to stock up on food.

"You know you just do the best you can with the resources you do have," said Mandy Goble, Coast Guard employee.

"Being the second paycheck not coming in, it gets a little tough," said Michael Westmoreland, another federal worker.

Westmoreland said he has been through four government shutdowns.

Wednesday, he packed up a bag of food from the Maryland Food Bank to bring home to his wife and two granddaughters.

"I was hoping it wouldn't get to this point, but you have to make adjustments as you see fit," He said.

As the shutdown lingers, frustrated workers are reaching out to the food bank for help, but officials said every day the shutdown continues it puts a strain on supplies.

"There's a large cluster of government employees so demand is up and our demand for food is up and that's food we have to hopefully get donated or more to have to buy," said Carmen DelGuercio, President/CEO of Maryland Food Bank.

And with the need increasing, local politicians are hoping to come to an agreement.

"We're doing everything we can to convince President Trump to open up the government so that way we can negotiate border security issues," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said.

And until the government comes to an agreement, the Maryland Food Bank said they are looking for more donations to help federal workers.

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