After 35 days, the longest government shutdown in American history concluded today with a bipartisan funding agreement. The U.S. Coast Guard took the extraordinary step of reallocating operational funds to pay its uniformed servicemembers on January 1st, but those servicemembers were working without pay ever since.
In response, Coast Guard Stations around the country are turning to their communities for help. They’ve been collecting donations and starting food banks to help Coast Guard families ride out the shutdown.
The food bank for members of the Coast Guard is located at the Coast Guard Exchange on Sand Island and is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. The Hawaii Foodbank will also be giving out donations at the Pearl Harbor YMCA from 1 to 3 pm.
Monetary donations for Hawaii-based Coast Guard members can be made through a Facebook page set up by the Mid Pacific Chapter of the Chief Warrant Officer’s Association.