Food and essentials drive to help federal workers during shutdown

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) –  A Rochester group that focuses on doing good works in the community is also helping federal workers affected in the shutdown.

Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere, CAKE for short, is hosting a food and essentials drive this Saturday, January 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations will primarily help workers at Rochester’s Federal Medical Center, but other employees who need the help can reach out to CAKE directly.

The drive will happen at two locations: 125 Live and Christ United Methodist Church in downtown.

Non-perishable food, personal care, and baby or toddler items are some of the things you can drop off.

One of the organizers, Caitlin Matera, chose to help because her husband works at the Federal Medical Center, which means her own family, and many people she knows, are affected by the shutdown.

“To not get paid when you’re going in every day mentally is confusing and hard,” she said. “We have zero income coming in but yet we still have to pay out, whether it’s for the grocery bills, which is why I wanted to do a food drive, or your every day expenses or my child gets sick and I have to go get antibiotics.”

Donation bins are already in place at VFW Post 1215 and the Girl Scouts River Valley Store.

Those bins will stay up as long as the shutdown continues.

Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

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