Food for feds

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Kauai Independent Food Bank volunteers like the Kauai High School Leo Club members (not in order) Breanna Masulit, Leijah Kaluahine, Joenicia Camelo, Jessica Galzote, Kaylee Goias-Jerves and Kassie Valenzuela make short work of packing nearly 100 packages for the KIFB Backpack program Wednesday. The volunteerism helps tremendously in trying to juggle the food bank’s regular programs and the new program of helping feed federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown, said KIFB Programs Manager Leona Perez.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

Kelvin Moniz of the Kauai Independent Food Bank packs a wagon for a family of five Wednesday at the Nawiliwili facility.

LIHUE — As the government shutdown stretches into its fourth week, local organizations are stepping up to take care of federal employees feeling the strain of nearly a month without pay.