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Some local food pantries could run out of food if shutdown lasts too long

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 19:23:49-05

BRADENTON, Fla. -- It is now day 33 of the government shutdown which means another day of federal employees not getting paid.

Many local food pantries are concerned about the impact this will have on low-income families, the homeless, and the elderly.

Hungers End Manatee County feeds about 600 people in need twice a month.

"This is all possible thanks to the local food bank of Manatee County as well as the Feed Tampa Bay program," said Hungers End organizer, Carl Snyder.

Those organizations are already starting to feel the impact of the shutdown, and Snyder fears Hungers End will start to feel it soon.

"We're expecting to have a higher increase for demand of our resources," he said. "We're getting more phone calls from people about how our program works, and if we'll be able to serve them."

Depending on how long the shutdown lasts and the number of people in need, many organizations say they could run out of food. Snyder is hopeful that the community will join in to help if that happens.

"It's a community effort," he said. "I think the people in the community will stand up and help when needed."