Mobile United and United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) announced Food 4 Furloughed Feds Food Drive to benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast. The food drive will run from Friday, January 18 through January 28, 2019.

Officials say due to the ongoing government shutdown, thousands of federal and contract workers have not been paid. Many of which live paycheck to paycheck and are facing serious financial crises. Feeding the Gulf Coast is experiencing a significantly greater need for food throughout the community. They are working to meet the current requests while preparing for an extended shutdown in which funding for government assistance programs will expire in February and workers continue to go without pay.

Donation may be dropped off anytime during regular business hours at one of the four drop locations:

Atlanta Bread Company (3680 Dauphin Street, 36608)

Mobile United (800 St. Joseph Street, 36602)

UWSWA (218 St. Francis Street, 36602).

To donate online visit: and select Government Shutdown Relief in the “Apply My Donation” to drop down menu.

Most Needed Items: Canned Meats (such as tuna, chicken, etc.); Peanut Butter; Canned Vegetables & Fruit; Fruit Juice; Boxed or Canned Meals (ie, soup, macaroni & cheese, etc.); Dried or Canned Beans, Pasta, Rice, & Cereal; Baby Formula; and Diapers.

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