Tampa Int’l Airport, local groups helping federal workers impacted by government shutdown

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The contents of a kitchen cupboard are part of everyday life.

For federal government workers, their everyday life has been disrupted by a partial government shutdown.

“I mean, it’s stressful. Coming in every day, hoping they make a decision,” said Transportation Security Administration worker Randall Baker.

Until there’s that decision, Tampa International Airport officials, United Way Suncoast and Feeding Tampa Bay teamed up to help federal workers with food and other household needs.

“So they’ll come in, fill up their box, take it with them,” said Jayci Peters of Feeding Tampa Bay.

They set up a pop-up food bank. It’s open from noon until 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at a law enforcement facility just north of the main terminal building.

If the need keeps up, airport officials will keep the food coming.

Most workers explained that they’re not allowed to talk to reporters during the shutdown.

Baker made an exception and expressed thanks.

“It’s a pretty good help. It’ll help stretch it another week,” Baker said about the box of food he received.

Airport officials also provided lunch Monday and plan to do it again Thursday, spokeswoman Janet Scherberger said.