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The arena hosts a mobile food pantry for unpaid federal employees

Yesterday, as noted first by NetsDaily, the Food Bank for New York City set up a mobile food pantry at the Barclays Center atrium to provide food and other essentials to about 500 families reliant on federal employees who haven't been paid for more than a month.

Stop & Shop contributed, and the Nets offered a "surprise gift." The media were invited to cover it, and they responded.

Almost 500 Federal Workers And Their Kids Flock To BK Food Pantry, reported Patch yesterday, noting that TSA agents made up the bulk of the 452 people served. amNY reported, in Unpaid federal workers grateful for 'humbling' food drive in Brooklyn, that the Food Bank now plans pop-ups in each borough. “We Are Not Pawns!” reported Bklyner, quoting one worker. Here's coverage from the Brooklyn Paper.

ABC quoted one worker:
"It's a little embarrassing," Peek-Williams said. "You're working and you have to come to a food bank. But at the same token, I'm not ashamed. It's the people in Washington DC are the ones who should be ashamed."