Sunshine Division will extend service qualifiers to include federal employees while on furlough by providing food box assistance in partnership with Labor Community Services Agency, Inc., NW Oregon Central Labor Council and Oregon AFL-CIO.
On Thursday, January 17th at 10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m., union volunteers will pack 100 food boxes at Sunshine Division's 687 N. Thompson warehouse to be distributed to federal employees needing assistance while unpaid during the government shutdown.
"Last week we were contacted by the Combined Federal Campaign to make a statement regarding our support of federal employees in this unusual situation. Today, we were contacted by Labor's Community Service Agency, Inc. asking for immediate food box support for them to distribute to federal employees needing assistance," said Kyle Camberg, Sunshine Division's Executive Director. "We're here for emergency support and for federal employees, this is an emergency."
"Organized Labor is proud to partner with Sunshine Division to help serve working families impacted by this devastating government shutdown. With such large numbers involved, and the dire nature of the situation, we must all work together to ensure there is food on the table tonight. Today, office workers, school employees, longshoremen, steel workers, and iron workers roll up their sleeves to provide solidarity to our federal brothers and sisters." says Eryn Byram, Executive Director for Labor Community Services Agency, Inc.
Federal employees living in Portland may visit either of Sunshine Division's two locations (12436 SE Stark Street or 687 N Thompson Street, Portland) for direct food or clothing assistance at their pantries and clothing rooms during the shutdown. To access services or find out how to support Sunshine Division, go to: www.sunshinedivision.org