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NARFE donates $250 to Bemidji food shelf

The local National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees organization, Chapter 1049 of Bemidji, recently donated $250 to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, to help support the federal employees and their families during the recent go...

Members of the Local Bemidji NARFE Chapter 1049, present their donation to Bemidji Community Food Shelf Director Mary Mitchell. From left to right, Tim Johnson, President Mel Spies, BCFS Director Mary Mitchell, Donna Kimmes, Elly Underwood. Submitted Photo.
Members of the Local Bemidji NARFE Chapter 1049, present their donation to Bemidji Community Food Shelf Director Mary Mitchell. From left to right, Tim Johnson, President Mel Spies, BCFS Director Mary Mitchell, Donna Kimmes, Elly Underwood. Submitted Photo.

The local National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees organization, Chapter 1049 of Bemidji, recently donated $250 to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, to help support the federal employees and their families during the recent government shutdown.

During the shutdown, many federal workers stayed on the job without pay, and others simply stayed home. The lack of pay is further complicated by federal ethics rules, which limit the value of donations or gifts those employees can receive.

The food shelf program is a community service, rather than a donation, allowing these employees to receive food and supplies for themselves and their families based on need, without violating the ethical rules.

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