Food Bank worried about shutdown impact


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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 10/10/2013 6:38 pm Published: 10/10/2013 4:41 pm


Each day FOX23 learns of different ways the shutdown is impacting people in Green Country.

Charities who need help the most are preparing for problems that could arise.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is operating with a lot of uncertainty right now. If the shutdown stretches out much longer, demand will increase, supply will decrease, and government help could at least temporarily disappear.

"With the resources we have, we're distributing 275,000 meals a week," said Maggie Hoey, with the food bank.

A huge number already, but Hoey said furloughed workers may soon be in need of assistance. And government programs like SNAP could potentially be affected by the shutdown.

"Those people are in need already. They are used to getting this assistance. If that stops, they're going to have to come to us for help," she said.

That will put a strain on supplies. Right now things are OK but that could change in a few months.

"The food we receive from the emergency food assistance program, it's a national program, it's a program we don't have to use our resources to solicit donations. And we don't have to use our resources to purchase. It's kind of food we've just come to expect," she said.

And making things even tougher for the food bank? The fact that the holidays are just around the corner.

"The holidays are always a time of high demand around here, there's a lot of people who need extra help around the holidays, and this could really just add to it," she said.

For right now, those at the food bank continue to do their work, waiting and hoping the shutdown ends sooner than later.


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