Rabb hosting appreciation day for federal employees impacted by shutdown

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is hosting an appreciation day for federal employees impacted by the federal government shutdown from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Upper Room Baptist Church’s food bank located at 7236 Ogontz Ave.

Rabb said community organizations will be at the event to provide groceries to federal workers who show their federal ID. Rabb and his staff will be there to share information on the home heating assistance program, commonly known as LIHEAP, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Congressman Dwight Evans also will share information about local resources.

“Trump’s federal shutdown for political posturing – the longest in U.S. history – has resulted in enormous hardships for the hardworking people who keep our government running,” Rabb said. “The callousness shown by the president and his administration regarding the real struggles of federal workers is troubling and disheartening. I am hosting this event to show our federal workers that we know their struggles are real and serious and that there are people out there who care about their well-being.”

According to Rabb, the appreciation day is still taking place despite the reported deal reached today to halt the shutdown and keep the federal government open for the next several weeks. He believes that federal employees will still need assistance as they move forward.

Rabb said he is holding the same event for federal employees on Feb. 12. 

Interested federal employees may contact Rabb’s office at (215) 242-7300 or email him at RepRabb@pahouse.net for more information.