Food Pantry Remains Open for Now at Coast Guard Academy

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Christine Lamb, president and founder of the nonprofit group Animal House Inc., in nearby Waterford, Conn., delivers bags of donated pet food to Coast Guardsmen helping at a pop-up food pantry created on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Christine Lamb, president and founder of the nonprofit group Animal House Inc., in nearby Waterford, Conn., delivers bags of donated pet food to Coast Guardsmen helping at a pop-up food pantry created on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The food pantry created at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help families affected by the partial federal government shutdown remains open.

One of the groups responsible for the food pantry says on its Facebook page it will remain open through Tuesday following the recent decision to reopen the government for three weeks.

The U.S. Coast Guard's Southeastern Connecticut Chief Petty Officers Association says the pantry is open to any furloughed federal employee.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin, an academy spokeswoman, said Monday there's a chance the pantry may remain open longer, considering some workers haven't received their back pay.

She says "people need to catch up" after not receiving two paychecks. The pantry is still receiving donations, including 150 boxes of diapers on Monday.

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