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Food bank helps furloughed employees
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Jeremy Evans loads a box of food into a trunk Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at St. John Baptist Church while Steve Mueller holds it open as the Georgia Mountain Food Bank hods a pop up foo bank event for people affected by the shutdown. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank held a food distribution event for furloughed government employees at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville Friday afternoon.

Anyone who needed food, not just government employees, was welcome. More than 200 cars had received food in the first hour of distribution.

Kay Blackstock, executive director of the food bank, said the 35-day federal government shutdown had affected everyone, not just government employees.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he planned to sign legislation to temporarily reopen government departments for three weeks. Blackstock said getting paid again would help people affected by the shutdown.

“If everything gets back up and running and folks are getting their paychecks, people that are coming to get help now will otherwise be able to take care of things. It may take a little while to recover,” she said.

The food bank distributes food in several North Georgia counties. For more information, call 770-534-4111 or go to