2019-02-06 / Front Page

City Harvest Distributes Over 8,000 Pounds Of Food To TSA Workers

City Harvest distributed over 400 bags of food, free of charge, to TSA workers at LaGuardia Airport who had been working without pay since the federal government shutdown began on December 22nd.City Harvest distributed over 400 bags of food, free of charge, to TSA workers at LaGuardia Airport who had been working without pay since the federal government shutdown began on December 22nd.

City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, distributed over 400 bags of food last week free of charge to TSA workers at LaGuardia Airport who had been working without pay since the federal government shutdown began on December 22nd. Although the government has temporarily reopened, TSA workers would not receive back pay until February 1st at the earliest. Additionally, it is unclear when federal employees of other agencies that were impacted by the shutdown will receive back pay for the two paychecks they missed since December. Many have needed to turn to food pantries and soup kitchens to help make ends meet and put food on their tables.


The January 29th distribution lasted from 9 am-6 pm and TSA workers took home fresh produce, including oranges, squash, and potatoes, as well as a variety of non-perishable items, including pasta and canned tomatoes, beef, and turkey.

City Harvest distributed over 400 bags of food, free of charge, to TSA workers at LaGuardia Airport who had been working without pay since the federal government shutdown began on December 22nd.City Harvest distributed over 400 bags of food, free of charge, to TSA workers at LaGuardia Airport who had been working without pay since the federal government shutdown began on December 22nd.
“Even though the shutdown has ended, we know that there is still an immediate need for food across our city,” said Lisa Sposato, City Harvest’s director of food sourcing. “Year round, almost half of working New Yorkers struggle to cover basic expenses, meaning many of our neighbors have to choose between paying their rent and buying groceries. City Harvest will continue working every day to ensure that all New Yorkers have enough food for themselves and their families.”


“We are grateful to City Harvest, who distributed over 8,000 pounds of food today to TSA workers at LaGuardia who have been working without pay since December 22nd,” said Carlos Rodriguez, secretary treasurer, AFGE Local 2222. “Although the government has temporarily reopened, it will take some time for things to return to normal. The food that TSA employees were able to take home today will help provide nourishment and peace of mind in this uncertain time.”


In addition to distributing food to federal workers, City Harvest is welcoming federal workers to all nine of their Mobile Markets across the five boroughs, so that anyone in need can take home fresh produce, free of charge. For more information on City Harvest’s response to the shutdown, visit www.cityharvest.org/shutdown.


For more information on the shutdown and on AFGE Local 2222, federal TSA workers can visit www.afgelocal2222.org/main.html


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