The city of New London, Connecticut, and its neighbors have joined forces to help hundreds of Coast Guard employees who are not being paid because of the partial government shutdown.

A pop-up food pantry has opened at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, one of several Coast Guard installations in the small city that was officially designated by Congress as a Coast Guard City.

Residents, local food banks and Coast Guard-related advocacy groups have all mobilized to help. Local restaurants are offering discounts, local banks are providing no-interest loans to supplement lost paychecks, nurses are giving away gift cards to needy families.

New London Mayor Michael Passero (PAS’-er-row) worries about the long-term economic impact on his city and the Coast Guard employees if the shutdown drags on.

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Christine Lamb, president and founder of the nonprofit group Animal House Inc. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Christine Lamb, president and founder of the nonprofit group Animal House Inc. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard arranges donated canned goods at a pop-up food pantry at the U. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard arranges donated canned goods at a pop-up food pantry at the U. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, members of the U.S. Coast Guard browse through bags of donated pet food at a pop-up pantry created by local Coast Guard-related advocacy groups to help the hundreds of civilian and non-civilian Coast Guard employees in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, members of the U.S. Coast Guard browse through bags of donated pet food at a pop-up pantry created by local Coast Guard-related advocacy groups to help the hundreds of civilian and non-civilian Coast Guard employees in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, center, speaks with Felicitas Rendon, wife of Rear Adm. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, center, speaks with Felicitas Rendon, wife of Rear Adm. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a sign advertises a discount offered by Mr. G's in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a sign advertises a discount offered by Mr. G’s in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help unpaid government workers put food on the table. (Jan. 18)
A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help unpaid government workers put food on the table. (Jan. 18)

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