Furloughed workers struggle to make ends meet; local organizations step up
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) —
Furloughed federal workers are still weathering a different kind of storm in the DMV, with some wondering where their next meal will come from.
"I don't know if we're close to the deal. This should be the easiest deal that I've ever seen,” President Trump said on Monday.
Trevor Mackessy-Lloyd is an engineer for the National Oceanic and Atmpospheric Administration. He joined more than a dozen furloughed federal workers at Adventist Community Services, where food packages were distributed.
“It was tough, we’re not normally people that live on the edge and fall into needbut having this kind of stuff going on – really pulls the rug from underneath you,” Mackessy-Lloyd said.
“So far today, we’ve had 15 people that have come in and showed up to pick up some food,” said Ken Flemmer, who is the Executive Director of the Adventist Community Services. “I know what would happen to me if I missed a couple of paychecks, quite disastrous.”
The father of three, who is dipping into his savings, says the record-breaking shutdown is also concerning due to the delays it’s caused with important projects within NOAA. That includes hurricane recovery for areas impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
“Our government was not designed to shut down. It’s not supposed to shut down, this is not normal,” said Mackessy-Lloyd.
Trevor says he is keeping a list of organizations helping him in his time of need.
He plans on paying it forward, when the government re-opens.