As the partial government shutdown drags on for a fourth week, TSA workers at Memphis International Airport are still working with no pay, but thanks to the Mid-South Food Bank, they’re also working on getting some much needed help.
“It means the world to us because it’s already stressful not knowing how you’re going to pay your bills due to something beyond your control, and just to know that at least you don’t have to worry about putting food on the table,” says Mia Williams, the executive vice-president of AFGE Local 555, which represents local TSA agents.
Williams was the one who reached out to the Mid-South Food Bank. The food bank responded by coming out to the airport to screen TSA workers for food assistance. According to officials with the Mid-South Food Bank, their work is far from over.
“We are registering 174 TSA employees,” says Angela Johnson, the Mid-South Food Bank director of donor relations. “We have not begun to break the surface. Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, we still have other government employees that we’re wanting to reach.”
And for those affected workers in the Mid-South, help is just a click away.
“Go to our website, MidSouthFoodBank.org, and they can put in their zip code. Their zip code will get them a partner agency in their area. That partner agency should be able to assist them,” says Johnson.
And while our local TSA agents are trying to keep their heads up during the shutdown, Williams has a message for our local lawmakers.
“They need to come together and end this shutdown. We’ve got to feed our families. We’ve got to pay bills,” says Williams. “We’re tired of being the middlemen.”
If you’d like to help those impacted by the government shutdown, you can also go to MidSouthFoodBank.org to find out ways to donate.