Federal employees turn to food banks, retirement accounts

There are signs that more and more federal employees are withdrawing money from their retirement accounts in so-called hardship withdrawals to make ends meet during the government shutdown.
1:32 | 01/17/19

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More and more people are feeling the effects of the shutdown and the impact is growing every day. The TSA chief says the financial hardships of going unpaid are leading to scenes like this, protests all around the country. Some TSA checkpoints closed again this morning as unpaid workers call out sick and now there are signs that federal employees are withdrawing money interest their retirement accounts to make ends meet, so-called hardship withdrawals are up 34% over the same time last year. Steve osunsami is at a food bank helping government workers in Atlanta. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. This food bank on the southwest side of Atlanta says it signed up a government workers list of a dozen. Teddy grahams for the kids. All working class people. Working people who we're talking about who aren't used to relying on anyone for anything and some of these workers are still on the job working without a paycheck. We met two people yesterday, one was a usda worker. Other worked for the irs. She said she's applied for unemployment but they've told her it could be a month before they get back to her to let her know whether she'll get any assistance. There are food banks like this one and across the country all promising to help for as long as they can, as long as it takes. There's help coming from all corners but not as much as they would like from Washington, robin. So much is needed. That next pay period is next Friday. If we hit that as well a whole other round of paychecks missed. The terrorist in Georgia

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