In January 2019, the unexpected government shut-down affected local federal workers and their families. Various NESTco members were hearing that families were struggling financially and were in need of assistance for food and other necessities. In response, several NESTco members working together put together an event, obtained donations and were able to offer food, personal care and household supplies for distribution. On January 29, 2019 and January 30, 2019 this project was able to help approximately over 100 individuals. Working together, we identified the need, pooled our efforts and helped our neighbors in need.