Boise Charities Partner to Serve Free Meal and Some Food for the Soul for Furloughed Workers 

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As the partial federal government shutdown stretches into a fifth week, new analysis from Zillow indicates that hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are not being paid owe more than $400 million in mortgage or rent payments for this month alone. Additionally, too many of those same families have instantly become food insecure. Officials at the Idaho Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul of Southwest Idaho say they're both seeing a tangible increase in requests for help, while the SNAP program (better known as Food Stamps) announced last week it would begin distributing the next round of benefits earlier than originally scheduled.

On Monday, Jan. 21, St. Vincent de Paul will partner with the charity Astegos and the Boise Philharmonic to serve up what they're calling "an uplifting event for families" impacted by the furlough and anyone else who may be experiencing food insecurity. Astego founder Tim Flaherty will be manning the St. Vincent de Paul kitchen, where he'll gather some of the Treasure Valley's best chefs to craft a special menu while musicians from the philharmonic provide some food for the soul. Food for the Jan. 21 meal will be donated by Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Trader Joes and Whole Foods. The free meal inside the St. Vincent de Paul dining room at 3209 W. Overland Road will be served from 6 p.m. through 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Boise Phil is also offering two free tickets to furloughed government employees for its next concert, slated for Friday, Feb. 15, when famed pianist Natasha Paremski will join the orchestra to present an evening of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. For more information, federal employees can call the BPO office at 208-344-7849.
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