Foodie group helps federal workers during government shut down

Foodie gift card drive

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Thirty-three days since the government shutdown and people all across the country are left wondering when they will get their next paycheck, but they’re not going without, thanks to a local foodies group here in Jackson.

There are more than 17,000 foodie members across the capital city. One local foodie, Dawn Dugle tells us this is the perfect way to help federal workers in need.

“We thought, well maybe if everyone did one thing then that would help. So that’s when we thought of the gift card idea. If everyone bought one $10 gift card, it would add up and we would help a lot more people that way.”

Dugle says they have received hundreds of donations. There are more than 200 families signed up for help, so she says they are just getting started.

“We appreciate the help but we have a long way to go to help as many families," says Dugle.

She says she is already overwhelmed by the positive response and donations, and they couldn’t do it without the help of the community.

Mckinley Pierce is the manager of outback steakhouse. He offered to help with the gift card donations.

“Nobody wants to go to work and not make any money and i have a family so i couldn’t imagine not making any money to support them. I want to do anything I can to help,” said pierce.

So many people are asking how they can help, so here’s how you can. Visit the Jackson foodie group or email.

They are still accepting any donations to help families all across the magnolia state in need.

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