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Feeding the furloughed: Do-gooders dole out free meals at Barclays to Feds out of work due to shutdown

Helping hand: Michael Maxwell, a TSA agent who has been working without pay for the past month, grabbed essentials from the Food Bank of New York City.
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Dozens of federal employees still out of work and pay due to the longest government shutdown in American history swung by the Barclays Center on Tuesday to pick up free food and toiletries doled out by a city do-good group.

Standing in line to collect the complimentary care packages doled out by the Food Bank for New York City humbled one of the furloughed Feds, who said it was her first time accepting charity.

“It feels really bad,” said Kuwanna Warthen, a Canarsie resident employed as a legal assistant with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “It makes you think about the country and the direction it’s going in. It shouldn’t have to come to this.”

Volunteers at the three-hour giveaway, which Food Bank leaders hosted in partnership with operators of the Prospect Heights arena, handed out items including dried food, milk, meat, vegetables, and toiletries to more than 200 people — some of whom came with kids in tow.

Many folks who showed up work for the Transportation Security Administration, and some federal workers facing the prospect of missing a second paycheck come Friday said they called in sick so they wouldn’t miss out on the gratis grub.

The do-good group organized the event in response to an increase in federal workers walking into its pantries across the city, and in calls to the group about its assistance programs, as the shutdown continued, according to a Food Bank volunteer.

“We’ve seen a large number of calls,” said Zanita Tisdale.

And the Food Bank will continue to stage such giveaways, Tisdale said, as long as President Trump refuses to budge on erecting his beloved wall at the United States–Mexico border and reopen the government — which on Wednesday remained closed for a record 33rd day.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, January 23, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Thanks a lot drumpf! I'm sure the dems will cave any minute now.
Jan. 23, 7:47 am
frank from furter says:
Does "do good-er" and good Samaritan mean the same thing as compassionate people? or there a negative connotation in "do good-er"?
Jan. 23, 10:39 am
Helen from Prospect Heights says:
Thank God for the Food Bank that came thru for the Federal Workers! I pray that this shut-down finishes soon!
Jan. 23, 12:09 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Trump is the first president to live up to the promise to make government so small you could drown it in a bathtub. Reagan gave it half a try, but we are finally starving the beast. At some point when Chuck and Nancy kiss the President’s ring, we can reopen the parts we want to keep. Which won’t be much.
Jan. 23, 12:21 pm
Tina J from Park Slope says:
OMG is this idiot trump supporter serious? The trump administration is going down in history as the absolute worst in history. You are either trolling everyone or really really dumb/racist.
Jan. 23, 12:58 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Trump can get Kim Jung Un to come to the negotiation table, but can't get Nancy Pelosi. If that isn't ironic, I don't know what is.
Jan. 23, 1:01 pm
Charles says:
Yeah right - remember there’s no such thing as a free lunch! They’ll get it back from you one way or another !
Jan. 23, 2:50 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Nancy will be dragged to the table by her Quislings like Max Rose. He has been dying to throw her under the bus since he was elected. And you know Chuckie has already assumed the position.
Jan. 23, 2:54 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
There are other Dems in the House way ahead of Max Rose: “Give Trump the money," Rep. Collin Peterson, a centrist Democrat from a red Minnesota district, told a local radio station Tuesday. “I’d give him the whole thing…and put strings on it so you make sure he puts the wall where it needs to be. Why are we fighting over this? We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time.” Tick tick tick....anytime now Nancy, the natives are getting restless
Jan. 23, 3:03 pm
Tina J from Park Slope says:
Yep, really really dumb/racist.
Jan. 23, 5:45 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Not only will.all the laid off of working unpaid people be paid they will be paid in full including those that didn't work. Save money? Not a cent. The only ones that won't be paid are the subcontracting companies..and if you believe they wont be paid there is a bridge locally i want to sell you.
Jan. 24, 12:59 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Sen. Manchin has also caved, as he would like to get re-elected in West Virginia. Thank you, next. Dems are folding like the cheap suits they are.
Jan. 24, 3:03 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
FACT: Anyone who thinks trumps wall is a good idea and will fix visa overstays, curb drug trade that enters through legal port entries, stop all the other fear tactic ideas he has pitched, is extremely stupid or undeniably racist.
Jan. 24, 5:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
FACT: Trump won Florida, NY. Perhaps you should post comments in a Florida NY paper, or move away from your awful racist neighbors.
Jan. 24, 6:41 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
FACT: 1 out of 3 trump supporters are just as stupid as the other 2. This is mentioned as you have no rebuttal to my statement, which is based on facts. Now YOUR great orange god is grovelling for a down payment on his wall! He's the laughing stock (once again) of Washington. "The Art Of The Deal", more like "The Art Of The Fail".
Jan. 24, 7:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Apparently straw man arguments and hysterical accusations of racism followed by juvenile insults are what pass for “facts” in “Florida NY”. Now sit back and watch the Dems cave and fund the wall that they swore that not one dollar would be spent on.
Jan. 24, 8:24 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
You have not disputed any of my easily proven facts and you trumpers are factually stupid. There is no straw man and you keep saying the dems will cave, over and over. Fact is, trump is grovelling for a down payment on his wall. What a joke! So again, I say: FACT: Anyone who thinks trumps wall is a good idea and will fix visa overstays, curb drug trade that enters through legal port entries, stop all the other fear tactic ideas he has pitched, is extremely stupid or undeniably racist.
Jan. 24, 9:01 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Trump will only be completing a wall that has already been partially built by Clinton, Bush, Obama, etc. It’s not like Clinton and Obama could be racists for wanting a fortified southern border. Nope, only Trump is a racist in the minds of the hysterical losers that had their power ursurped in 2016. If the wall does nothing else besides triggering liberals into crying fits when they look at it, then it was money well spent.
Jan. 24, 9:22 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Wrong yet again, VZ. Just because your warped pea brain cant imagine me as anything else besides an old white man, doesn’t make it reality. If anything it just shows the limitations of your mental capacity. You do nothing but copy and paste the same plagiarized points over and over in between insults. It’s really boring. And your opinions on traffic issues in Brooklyn are no better than Tal’s. Stick with trying to get some bike lanes in Florida NY, and getting laughed at by your Trump supporting neighbors.
Jan. 24, 11:11 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
FACT: 1 out of 3 trump supporters are just as stupid as the other 2. Trump is a racist because he is a racist, not because of the wall, you jackass. You are a triggered snowflake parroting fox news like a dolt. Is everyone in Bay Ridge as dumb as you? Proving one again: 1 out of 3 trump supporters are just as stupid as the other 2. Let me guess, you're a middle aged - senior white male, huh? If you really do live in Bay Ridge you should stfu.
Jan. 24, 11:27 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
His approval rating is dropping amongst his base. You are such a racist or white nationalist that you still support him. Sad!
Jan. 24, 11:28 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
Oh and that whole breaking Roger stone thing. Wow! big day for fake news, huh?
Jan. 25, 7:46 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Roger Stone? Lol no one cares, and hardly anyone even knows who the crazy old man is. Again, no one cares. Thank you, next
Jan. 25, 10:44 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
And all you Dems had better get to caving if you want to be able to fly in and out of your liberal enclaves and avoid interacting with real Americans in flyover country. Then again, getting in touch with real America is exactly what you libs need.
Jan. 25, 10:46 am
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
Yeah, the president’s campaign was commmuncating with Russia, who cares? What about her emails?!?!?! LOL at the jackass living in Brooklyn talking about flyover country and real america. You have no moral compass. This isn’t libs vs conservatives, it’s about right vs wrong, you dummy.
Jan. 25, 11:57 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You see Warren, if you had served your country, you would understand how a kid from Brooklyn could interact with their fellow Americans outside of their liberal bubble. “The 1980’s called and they want their foreign policy back”. Your hero Obama didn’t seem to think of Russia as a threat, why do you? It’s because the lying fake news media did a 180° turn, and told you to fear Russia again. Again, no one cares, just like no one cared when Obama colluded with Russia when he told Medvedev to wait until after the 2012 election when he would be able to deliver on his promises to Russia. The outrage is sooo selective, which is why no one cares.
Jan. 25, 12:14 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
USAF retired, you ninny. You are in major denial and overly concerned about presidents who are no longer in office. It’s called “whataboutism” and used primarily when on has no argument.
Jan. 25, 1:22 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
So Obama colluding with Russia is dismissed with a hand wave and a chirp about whataboutism? Trump will pay the same price Obama did for colluding with Russia, nothing.
Jan. 25, 1:30 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!!! Don't you get tired of looking like a fool, donkey? Chump folded like a lawn chair, but I’m sure you’ll try to brush it off as “no big deal”. Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says: "At some point when Chuck and Nancy kiss the President’s ring, we can reopen the parts we want to keep. Which won’t be much." "Sen. Manchin has also caved, as he would like to get re-elected in West Virginia. Thank you, next. Dems are folding like the cheap suits they are." "Now sit back and watch the Dems cave and fund the wall that they swore that not one dollar would be spent on." "And all you Dems had better get to caving if you want to be able to fly in and out of your liberal enclaves and avoid interacting with real Americans in flyover country. Then again, getting in touch with real America is exactly what you libs need."
Jan. 25, 4:53 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Nostradamus, I’m glad you find the fact that we are building the WALL so funny. The Dems will cave as they always do, Trump was just merciful enough not to embarrass them so publicly. Which is a huge mistake, but whatever. The WALL will be completed, which is all that matters.
Jan. 25, 5:42 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
But but but I thought the dems were just about to cave? Wha happen??? A REAL MAN admits when he is wrong, YOU are NOT a REAL MAN. Have you any shred of dignity? No! The art of the deal, what a joke. You are a joke. I think we're done here. Go scurry away with your tail between your legs. Maybe start a gofundme for the wall! LOL!
Jan. 25, 5:56 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You should go talk to your President Trump supporting neighbors face to face and see where that gets ya. In the meantime, enjoy paying for the wall!
Jan. 25, 6:46 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
Pelosi 1, trump 0 | Warren 1, Henry 0.
Jan. 25, 7:01 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You know what, you are right. Trump caved. He caved for the same reason he does anything, because he agrees with the last person he spoke to. He has three weeks to get it right, or he might as well just go hide in a Florida for the next two years, until the Dems throw him in jail. There is no excuse. It is Pelosi 1 Trump 0. Now let’s see what he does about it.
Jan. 25, 8:16 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
OK Vision Zero, you got me. Pretty good, pretty, pretty, pretty, good. I accept your concession.
Jan. 25, 8:28 pm
Jay from Manhattan says:
Yes, that must be it. All these illegal alien criminals and gang bangers must have over stayed their visa. How stupid. I hope you get to meet some of them soon in your sanctuary.
Jan. 27, 12:43 pm
Warren Cantor from Florida, N.Y. says:
Jay "the retard" from Manhattan must be new to facts and statistics. Good luck with that, dummy. I'm curious, how are you able to dress yourself in the morning, assuming you have anything to dress for? Do you have a handler?
Jan. 28, 5:45 pm

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