NEW LONDON, Conn. — A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help Coast Guard and academy workers affected by the partial government shutdown.
About 160 of the 260 government-funded nonessential employees at the New London, Connecticut-based academy are furloughed. Most others, including faculty and active-duty Coast Guard personnel, are working without pay.
The Coast Guard, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is not funded during the shutdown.
About 43,000 service members are working without pay as the ongoing government shutdown approaches a month's duration.
The southeastern Connecticut chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, the Coast Guard Enlisted Association of Southeastern Connecticut and the Coast Guard Spouses' Association of Southeastern Connecticut, set up the pantry in the academy's Leamy Hall.
Affected workers can pick up donated food, pet supplies and household items.
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