Government shutdown concerns local food banks


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — It’s day 21 of the government shutdown and that ties for the longest shutdown in US history.

One area of concern is the SNAP program, also known as the food stamp program.

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According to ABC News, 38 million Americans are on the program.

If money and resources run out, people on the program will have to turn to local food banks.

“If it wasn’t for the food card and this God’s Pantry, I’d have nothing to eat,” said Jerrie Combs, Food Stamp Recipient.

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Jerrie Combs has been using food stamps for three years.

Lately, she’s been concerned that her benefits are going to be cut off because of the Government Shutdown.

According to the USDA, there would only be enough funding to continue benefits through February.

God’s Pantry Food Bank Program Director believes that if SNAP benefits are cut off, the food bank will see numbers jump drastically.

There’s also a chance they could see new faces at the food pantry.

“A lot of federal workers live paycheck to paycheck and then they’re concerned as well about how to put food on the table for their family,” said Danielle Bozarth, Program Director.

1/4 of their funding comes from the government and that helps pay for the food on the shelves, transportation, and storage.

The rest of the money comes from private donations and grants.

The program director says they have enough funding and food to last them for months at this rate.