Federal workers may have returned to their jobs, but individuals and organizations throughout the DMV are still working to support them as they wait for their pay to come through.
Community Forklift has joined forces with Hyattsville’s Residents United for Furry Friends (RUFF) and University Park Mutt Strut to distribute donated pet food and litter to community members who are impacted by the federal shutdown. They will hand out approximately one week of supplies per person, dependent upon available donations.
The Pop-Up Pet Pantry will be open at Community Forklift in the classroom space, at 4641 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 26, January 27, February 2, February 3, and February 9. More shopping dates may be added as resources become available.
Individuals wishing to donate supplies can do so from now until February 6 at Community Forklift. The organization is accepting donations of cat food and litter, dog food, and treats, as well as airtight tubs for food storage. All donated pet items must be unopened and within expiration.
Volunteers are also needed to assist in running the pantry; individuals can contact MarySue Twohy to sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Forklift is also offering a 10% discount on all in-store purchases to government employees and contractors (with federal ID) for the duration of the shutdown.
For more information visit the Community Forklift Website athttps://CommunityForklift.org/2019/01/22/pop-up-pet-pantry-for-furloughed-workers