Food bank ready to help

LIHUE — Kelvin Moniz, executive director for the Kauai Independent Food Bank, said the organization will start taking care of federal workers involved in the partial government shutdown as early as Wednesday morning.

“This involves not only the Transportation Security Administration people,” Moniz said. “Anyone in the federal government who is either furloughed, or working without pay, is eligible, it can be TSA, or the US Coast Guard. They need to bring identification and we will help them as best as we can.”

TSA workers deferred comment on the impact of the government shutdown to their central public information office.

“I just had a meeting with them,” Moniz said. “There are more than a hundred families involved with TSA alone. This is the first paycheck they’re going to be missing, and you can see from the news how bad things are. Most people are on paycheck by paycheck basis so it’s going to be bad.”

A TSA worker, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kauai has been “maintaining.” The TSA force gets a lot of support from the Lihue Airport community who brings them food and pizza, and there has been no impact on the lines.

Moniz said TSA workers are limited by a $20 ceiling on gifts.

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