MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of South Florida's best-known not-for-profit organizations, which is strengthening its mission while the government is at a standstill, continues to impact federal workers.
At Farm Share in Homestead, incoming donated food is immediately prepared for distribution.
"I have friends and family members who have given me money to pay my bills. It can not last long, "said Scaglione.
Farm Share operates three large facilities in Florida.
Every day they distribute food to those who need it.
Farm Share considers the prolonged closure by the government of those affected as a natural disaster.
"We are here to feed people who are hungry, whatever their circumstances. So it was a good match for us to know that this can happen to anybody, anytime, including federal employees, "said Gussie Flynn of Farm Share.
As the closure continues, there are federal employees working without pay and others who are simply on leave.
Donna McGowan, who works for the IRS, said she was not sure what to do.
"My savings are exhausted, so I'm stressed," she said. "It's the everyday in limbo and I think, 'Oh, they're going to solve this problem today,' and then no, no, we're not. So it's almost as if I start a project or not, can I apply for a job or not, we'll probably be back to work and then it'll be another day, and another day. "
To help mitigate the economic shock, Farm Share is setting up temporary food distribution points in many federal workplaces to better serve short-term federal employees.
The key for these federal workers is that they have to call Farm Share.
"What you do is you call the number in the area where you are," Flynn said. "We will be happy to help you locate this distribution."
In Miami-Dade, they can be reached at (305) 246-3276 and Broward at (954) 942-6785.