Volunteer Mary Kronner, left, instructs volunteers on how to help people collect food for their bags at the food bank offered for people suffering under the shutdown of portions of the Federal government at Calvery Chapel International Worship Center in Severn.
Volunteer Mary Kronner, left, instructs volunteers on how to help people collect food for their bags at the food bank offered for people suffering under the shutdown of portions of the Federal government at Calvery Chapel International Worship Center in Severn. (Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette)

Howard County will hold free weekly food distribution for local federal workers impacted by the government shutdown.

Starting this Friday, families of government workers can receive snacks and a bag of groceries at the Bain Center in Columbia between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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One in 10 families who live in Howard are impacted by the partial federal shutdown, according to a county spokesman.

The initiative is sponsored by Department of Community Resources and Services and County Executive Calvin Ball.

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Those interested should bring a government ID badge. A spokesman said food is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

The distribution will take place every Friday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia, until the shutdown ends.

The government has been shutdown for 32 days as of Wednesday.

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