Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) is collecting non-perishable food and essential baby items for federal workers impacted by the government shutdown. The drive is being conducted via the fundraising website, YouGiveGoods.com. All items will be distributed at the “Emergency Market” for federal workers.
The “Emergency Market” is an outdoor food distribution site in South Philadelphia. NDS is working in collaboration with Share Food Program and Philabundance. Despite the short-term deal to open the government, the market will continue operation every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. until workers receive pay.
Ms. Brooke Mullen, Assistant Director of Community Relations for NDS said, “Food assistance is core to our mission, whether it is serving our neighbors that face chronic hunger every day, or acute emergency situations, like the one government workers are currently enduring. The government shutdown has affected many individuals that may not normally face food insecurity, and we are grateful to our supporters, whose generosity will directly and positively impact those in need.”
For over forty-five years, NDS’ mission has been to serve children and those in need with healthy food and food-related resources. NDS accomplishes its mission in two distinct ways: by administering the federally-funded child nutrition programs and through the privately supported Community Food Program.