As the federal government shutdown has reached the end of week three with no end in sight and federal workers enduring their first payless payday, finding the necessities may be difficult for many of the thousands essentially working for free right now.

The People's Pantry in the Silverton section of Toms River is opening its doors tomorrow and every Saturday for the foreseeable future between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to government employees to get the bare necessities.

"We want everyone who has been impacted to know that we are here to help," Pat Donaghue, Executive Director of the People's Pantry said. "The money normally spent in the supermarket can be saved by these wonderful workers and in turn can be but to better use in their budgets. We will continue these hours for as long as needed."

Donaghue says they have stocked shelves with everything from fresh meat and produce, to bakery products and baby food.

"Please don’t wait to come in! We want to help!," Donaghue said.

She just asks that you call 732-731-1419 and leave a message letting them know the approximate time you will be arriving.

Their address is 1769 Hooper Avenue in the BEAT Center.

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