FruitGuys is a private company based in South San Francisco that frequently provides farm-fresh fruit to groups and organizations in need.
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Founder and CEO of the company, Chris Mittelstaedt, told ABC7 News he wanted federal employees to feel supported.
The boxes to SFO included a fruit and vegetable mix for employees to take home, and larger boxes for the break room.
FruitGuys are sending boxes of fresh produce and vegetables home with @flySFO TSA. SFO officials say about 100 employees under TSA are working without 💰. We are on day 33 of the #GovernmentShutdown pic.twitter.com/O3t0xgvVCU— Jobina Fortson (@JobinaFortson) January 23, 2019
SFO operates under the screening partnership program. TSA contracts security screening services to private companies, meaning there are not as many employees impacted by the government shutdown in comparison to other airports.
However, officials tell ABC7 News there are about 100 TSA employees at SFO like canine handlers, explosive specialists and managers who are working without pay.
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"When they're not getting paid, the heathy food, that gets cut out first," Tom Nagy, TSA's Assistant Federal Security Director at SFO said. "W e appreciate any donations that we can get, but pizza and donuts only go so far."
Nagy said TSA employees who are not coming in because they cannot afford to work without pay will also receive fruit boxes.
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