GREENSBORO, N.C. — After weeks of work without a paycheck under a government shutdown, a Greensboro nonprofit aimed to give federal employees a helping hand Wednesday evening.

The Out of the Garden Project provided boxes of food to impacted government employees and anyone recently out of a job. Volunteer Gary Karikorian worked at the federal level for years and suggested the idea to the nonprofit’s director.

“Many are lower-salaried employees, surely there are some higher-salaried employees, but surely for the lower-salaried people that bank on that check coming in every two weeks, and when it doesn’t come they have to determine where to cut back,” he said.

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