John Fuld has nearly 20 years of federal government experience. He commutes from Hanover to Washington, D.C. during the week – when he is working.
Fuld has been through shutdowns before, but he says the longest in U.S. history is taking a toll
on him and his family.
“My family is one of 799,000 other families that are going through this, said Fuld. “I have extended my mortgage and have called to get help with my car payments.”
John says his unemployment compensation is less than if he worked in Pennsylvania, and he says he never imagined things would get this bad so quickly.
“I am 53 years old and have been working for the federal government for so long,” said Fuld. “I am at a point where I have to ask for help, and it hurts.”
Officials at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank say the need to provide assistance to government workers will increase if the shutdown continues.
Fuld says a lot of people are carpooling to save on gas when they pick up food.
“If I was called back to work, I don’t think that I would be able to afford the cost of gas,” Fuld said.
Fuld says he is concerned that the shutdown may not end for a long time. If it continues, he may have to let some expenses go, including his car payment.