As shutdown drags on, a 'Coast Guard City' rallies

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, U.S. Coast Guard Culinary Specialist Jerry Wright, right, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin, second f

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, U.S. Coast Guard Culinary Specialist Jerry Wright, right, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin, second f

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Christine Lamb, president and founder of the nonprofit group Animal House Inc., in nearby Waterford, Conn., del

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Christine Lamb, president and founder of the nonprofit group Animal House Inc., in nearby Waterford, Conn., del

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.S. Coast Guard

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.S. Coast Guard

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 Coa

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 Coa

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, center, speaks with Felicitas Rendon, wife of Rear Adm. James E. Rend

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, center, speaks with Felicitas Rendon, wife of Rear Adm. James E. Rend

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a sign advertises a discount offered by Mr. G's in New London, Conn., to the hundreds of civilian and non-civil

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, a sign advertises a discount offered by Mr. G's in New London, Conn., to the hundreds of civilian and non-civil

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — 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.