The partial government shutdown ended last month, but many families and food pantries are still feeling the effects.
And it isn’t just federal workers who are in need. Many people who rely on SNAP benefits are also struggling.
Local food bank leaders say they weren’t prepared for this post-holiday rush, and now they have to restock their shelves to keep up with demand.
Kim Reynolds, with Resurrection Life Food Pantry, says “It put the scare into the folks that we serve. We serve a vulnerable population of seniors and children, along with working families that rely on us to fill the gaps.”
The food bank needs shelf foods, such as canned vegetables and fruits, pastas, whole grains and snacks for children.
They’re also asking for items such as diapers, baby formula and toilet paper.