FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The government shutdown means some local families in your neighborhoods are having trouble putting food on the dinner table.
The Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce is asking for help to meet the needs of the community.
The Food Bank says more than 1,000 federal employees and their families are feeling the effects on the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee County.
The food bank is asking for volunteers to give time and effort.
"We're seeing an increase in reliance on our services. Families who have never been in need before are now coming to us looking for the basics like food," said Sari Vatske of Feeding South Florida.
They are also asking for donations and food to help cover the additional costs they are facing in helping those affected by the government shutdown.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit stophunger.org if you would like to help.