As Shutdown Deepens, Support Grows For Federal Workers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Social services

Food donation bins, like this one at the Chatham Community Center, are available at Cape Cod Five branches and other locations in the area to collect items for families in need due to the federal government shutdown.  TIM WOOD PHOTO


Now entering its second month, the partial government shutdown has left many federal workers scrambling to meet household expenses. A variety of resources have been made available to help.

The town of Chatham has published a list of community resources, with contact information for agencies that can help with food, housing, child care and other expenses. 

The volunteers who maintain and operate the historic rescue boat CG36500 and the members of the Old Village Association are encouraging the public to join them in directly supporting the crew of Coast Guard Station Chatham. The volunteers have purchased $20 gift cards, the maximum allowed by regulation, for each of the station’s 30 members. Cards for grocery stores and household goods are most appreciated. The maximum total donation allowed is $200.

People can also support the crew of Coast Guard Station Chatham by sending contributions to the Chief Petty Officers’ Association, c/o John Flynn, 37 Main St., Chatham, MA 02633.

The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank announced last week that it is offering one-year, interest-free loans to its customers who are affected by the government shutdown. To inquire about the program, visit any Cape Cod Five branch. Bank locations are also collecting donations of food, toiletries and baby care items for people in need, as part of a partnership with the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation. Cape Cod Five has provided the organization $30,000 to fund the immediate distribution of supplies to those affected by the government shutdown, and has pledged another $15,000 over the next two years.

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is also reaching out to affected families and offering a simplified application process. Applicants need only to bring a photo ID and a second ID showing their current address, and will receive food at the time of registration. For details and hours, visit