Hundreds of furloughed Fort Bragg workers got help making ends meet.
A union started planning a food drive as soon as it heard about the furloughs.
Fort Bragg workers miss two days of work per pay period and they said their paychecks are taking a hit.
A union representing the workers teamed up with a food bank to bring in nearly 20,000 pounds of food Thursday.
"We're going to continue to see job loss, to see services diminished for our military members. They're American heroes. They deserve the best of the best," said Jonathan Steele, American Federation of Government Employees local president, said.
More than 400 families were served at the food bank.