Dear Neighbor,

As you may be aware, we’re now experiencing the longest government shutdown in history.  There’s a lot of discussion about the causes and who’s to blame, but that’s not why we’re writing to you today.  There’s something much more important we need to address: the impact on our own community.

The impact of the shutdown is broad and deep:

  • Over 800,000 Federal employees are furloughed, or working without pay.
  • In addition, the Federal Government employs over 4.1 million contractors across the country.  These workers often fill service roles like janitorial staff, cafeteria workers, and security guards.  They are also now out of work, and they will not receive back pay when the shutdown ends.
  • Finally, over 42 million Americans receive food stamps, and during the shutdown they will not receive any benefits, meaning they will go hungry without our help.

In all of these cases, these people are facing a situation they did not expect, and having to choose between paying their bills or eating.  Nobody should be forced to make that choice.

Luckily, there are things you can do.  First and foremost, local food banks need our help.  They are already reporting higher numbers of people in need, and they will be stretched thin.  To that end, we’re asking each of you to drop off a bag of groceries at your local food bank this week to help them cover the increased demand.

In addition, local unions are coordinating with The United Way to set up support events in the coming weeks in our community which will allow affected workers receive the additional assistance they need while they wait for the standoff to end.  A one-time donation to United Way will help them in these efforts.

Below you will find a list of local food banks in Cumberland County and information about how to donate to the United Way.  Please, take a few minutes to donate, and do your part for your community.

Thank you very much for your time and your help!

The Cumberland County Democratic Committee


Local Food Banks

Big Spring Area Food Bank
101 Crossroad School Rd
Newville, PA 17241
Christian Life Assembly Food Bank
2645 Lisburn Rd
Camp Hill, PA 17011
The King’s Kettle Food Bank
30 N Fayette St
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Mt Holly Springs Food Bank
202 W. Butler St
Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17013
New Hope Ministries Food Bank
5228 E. Trindle Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
New Hope Ministries Food Bank
701 Bosler Ave
Lemoyne, PA 17043
Project S.H.A.R.E. Carlisle
5 North Orange St #4
Carlisle, PA 17013
The Salvation Army Food Bank
20 East Pomfret Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Donating to The United Way

You are able to donate to the United Way of the Capital Region via their website: https://www.uwcr.org/give or volunteer by reviewing their opportunities here: https://www.uwcr.org/volunteer/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities.