The West Texas Food Bank in Midland and Odessa are opening up their pantries to help out government employees impacted by the government shutdown.

According to NewsWest 9, the pantries opened today (January 17, 2019) for those in need of assistance and will also offer mobile distributions as well.

Volunteers are also needed at this time to help build outreach boxes for distribution.

“As we approach the end of the month, we know many are becoming more and more nervous about making rent or mortgage payments, and paying bills," said Libby Campbell, the Executive Director of the West Texas Food Bank. “The West Texas Food Bank wants to help ease that stress by offering the services of our pantries to the furloughed workers of the federal government."

To volunteer, just fill out the volunteer information on the WTFB website.

To find out more information on how you can get goods or donate goods, check out the West Texas Food Bank website.