January 12, 2019 07:29 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- On Monday, more than 400 employees who work at the Rochester Federal Medical Center will go without their first paycheck since the partial government shutdown started twenty-two days ago.
Caitlin Matera whose husband works for FMC decided she needed to do something to help. That’s why she organized a food drive with the volunteer group Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere or CAKE.
"My husband is a Federal Medical Center employee and I knew the minute we were going to need help other employees were going to need help too," said Matera.
FMC employees are required to show up for their work week, even though they will not be receiving a paycheck.
This Monday will be the first check missed since the shutdown three weeks ago.
"The worry is that we don't have income coming in and there are bills that still need to get paid. We need to try to offset. If I can not spend $40 at a grocery store I can pay at least a partial heat bill," said Matera.
The support the food drive will help ease this financial burden for families like her own.
"It's so overwhelming I'm so filled with love and hope for everyone who is turning out for families like mine,” she said.
She hopes this will help families missing that check Monday because it will be a difficult day according to Union President for Local 3947 Sandy Parr.
"I think our staff will show up even more worried than they have been, more stressed than they have been but they will show up and do their jobs because they are required to," said Parr.
But for now, these donations are making a difference.
"It means the world and when I cry it’s not because I’m sad it’s because I'm so grateful that people care enough to open their cupboards and wallets and that all of these women and men can make it through this without having to worry as much as they would," Matera.
Created: January 12, 2019 07:29 PM
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