North Texas

Workers Paid to Help at Food Banks

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Nonprofit organization, ‘Get Shift Done’, is helping displaced hospitality workers get paid to work at food banks and food distribution centers.

"We'll probably pay about 1,000 different people this week some amount of money," Get Shift Done Co-Founder Patrick Brandt said. "We're in no way replacing their income, but it is supplementing it."

The food bank locations include North Texas Food Bank, Minnie's Food Pantry, Wilkinson Center, Tarrant County Food Bank, Cafe Momentum, Hunger Busters and more.   

"We ere all holding a breath we didn't know we were holding," Wilkinson Center supervisor Maria Powers said. "They showed up yesterday and made a huge difference."

The nonprofit helps hospitality workers seek new employment and income by working at food banks to assist those in need. 

"I was panicking," Shkoryah Carthen said laughing nervously. "I was like, oh my gosh, I'm not going to be able to pay my bills because I do not have that steady flow of income coming in."

The unemployed workers will be placed to work with nonprofit organizations to help distribute food to those in need throughout North Texas and be paid through ‘Get Shift Done.’  

"We're seeing people that want to work get to do work," Brandt said. "And they're serving a greater purpose."

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