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Family Service in Billings still providing meals for workers affected by government shutdown

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:20-04

BILLINGS – Family Service in downtown Billings stepped up its efforts during the partial federal government shutdown, giving out family-sized emergency food boxes daily, to those who went without pay.

Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced he had reached a deal with Congress to end the shutdown and reopen the government. However, paychecks won’t be cut immediately and private contractors won’t get paid for their lost time, so Family Service officials say they will continue to meet demand.

“They will continue to provide these services. We are going to still maintain furloughed workers even if they get a paycheck,” said Stacy Brown, the nonprofit’s executive director. “It’s going to take them a little while to get back on their feet. You know things pile up. If we can help alleviate some of that pressure with the food then we will for as long as it takes for every individual. “