ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – While hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain without pay, a local Rochester group is stepping in to help.
Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere, or CAKE, hosted a food donation and essentials drive on Saturday.
The group will continue to collect food and other items as long as the shutdown continues.
Donations will primarily help workers at Rochester’s Federal Medical Center, but other employees who need the help can reach out to CAKE directly.
“A lot of these employees are not getting a paycheck come Monday, so we were aware that it’s going to get a little contentious as far as whether or not they’re going to be able to provide for themselves or their families,” said CAKE Founder Danielle Teal.
Non-perishable food, personal care, and baby or toddler items are some of the things you can drop off.
“There’s some items that we do need: personal care items for sure, coffee. Ironically, coffee is great because a lot of these employees are pulling double, triple shifts. And so we need to make sure that they have the capabilities to be able to work. Because they’re still going into work even though they’re not collecting a paycheck,” said Teal.
The drive took place at 125 Live and Christ United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester.
Donation bins are in place at VFW Post 1215 and the Girl Scouts River Valley Store.
Those bins will stay up as long as the shutdown continues.