Food bank looking for solutions to uncertainty of federal funding

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The partial government shutdown is over for now, but what are the lasting effects of the 35-day closure?

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbank says they have been monitoring the effects of the shutdown closely and the consequences from it may not be good. 

“This is a man-made disaster and only our elected leaders can fix it,” said Hamler-Fugitt.  “We at the food bank are impacted. We rely on about 15% of the food that comes to us comes from some government commodities programs. So we are concerned about the uncertainty of that.”

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and food banks are in jeopardy when the government does not act to find funding for those recipients 

While the shutdown is over, for now, the temporary funding measure passed by Congress only funds the government through mid-February.

But the big question is, will food banks have to start taping into their emergency disaster plans to find a solution if the government can’t find a permanent one. 

“Food banks are part of the solution, but in no way can we fill the gap that would be created by the loss of 100% federally funded food assistance benefits or SNAP benefits,” said Hamler-Fugitt.

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