Frequently asked questions:
Q: Are furloughed federal employees eligible for unemployment?
Q: Are federal student loans being dispersed?
Current school year federal student loans are not affected by the shutdown. The appropriation for the U.S. Department of Education was approved by Congress and enacted by the President in September 2018.
Q: Where can I get assistance with food or personal care products?
Local food pantries are aiding during the government shutdown. They have food items, diapers and personal care products.
Q: Where can I find information on available services?
The Middlesex County Services Locator allows you to search for needed services using key words, specific service needs, or location. You can access the Services Locator at http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/CS/Pages/Community-Services-Locator.aspx
NJ211 can be accessed by dialing 211 or via the internet at https://www.nj211.org/
Q: How can I make a cash donation?
Feeding Middlesex County financially supports organizations that feed the hungry. They raise funds to purchase food and equipment to assist qualifying agencies in procuring, storing, preserving and transporting food and other necessary items to our food insecure neighbors. They work with over 120 emergency food providers in all 25 Middlesex County communities.
A gift to United Way of Central Jersey means food, diapers/baby food, housing assistance, counseling, legal assistance, and so much more can be provided to individuals in need. Click here to help now: https://www.uwcj.org/furloughed-federal-workers-fund
Q: How can I organize a food, diaper and/or personal care item drive?
Contact your local food pantry or Jennifer Apostol of MCFOODS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How does the government shutdown affect the public?
NJ211 has provided a listing of FAQ from the public regarding the federal shutdown. https://www.nj211.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-01/Government%20Shutdown%20FAQs.pdf