Resources for federal workers during partial government shutdown

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There are resources for federal workers who are affected by the partial government shutdown.

You can file for unemployment. Click here to get the form.

For more information about unemployment benefits during a shutdown, click here.

Please note that any offer to "expedite" unemployment benefits for a fee is a scam.

If you are in need of food, the Central California Food Bank at 4010 E Amendola Dr. can help. Click here to find a location near you. It is recommended that you call the nearest location ahead of time to make sure food is still there.

If you would like to donate to the Central California Food Bank, you can donate check/cash here.

You can also donate to the Poverello House by clicking here.

If you are in need of pet food or would like to make a donation to help feed hungry pets, visit the Halo Cafe pet food pantry in Fresno County.

There is also a Dog & Cat Food Donation Drive taking place at Valley Animal Center, located at 3934 N Hayston Ave., near Dakota and Hwy 168 in Fresno. Donations of wet/dry dog & cat food can be brought to Valley Animal Center 7 days a week and the donation is tax deductible. Donation distribution date will be announced when there is enough donations to start handing them out. That information will be added here.

The Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA) is offering free dog and cat food for federal furloughed employees. You can pick it up every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday beginning January 23, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM while supplies last. It will be available at the CCSPCA Gift Store; 103 S. Hughes Ave., Fresno, CA 93706.

FREE sack lunch on Monday, January 28th. Trinity Lutheran Church will serve a free PB&J sandwich sack lunch for furloughed and unpaid federal employees beginning at 1:00 p.m. Please bring a federal employee ID. The church is located at 3973 N Cedar Ave. across from Granite Park in Fresno.


  • If you are considering payday loans or tax refund advances, try a small loan from your bank or credit union (many institutions are offering low- or zero-interest loans to furloughed federal workers)
  • Call creditors for additional time to pay bills
  • Freeze subscription services, like online streaming or gym memberships
  • Remember that payday loans are high-interest, short-term loans
  • Be vigilant about unsolicited telemarketing calls; do not give personal/financial info over the phone
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