Given the large number of public servants and contractors working in the San Antonio area, Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, expects more activity and this is what he says. ;worry.
The food bank has enough food on its shelves to last another two weeks – "maybe less," he told USA TODAY.
"The government's closure is a bit of a mess – families who are already struggling against poverty and trying to feed themselves, they hear that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Extra Nutrition Special Program) for women, infants and children) the offices are closed, "Cooper said. "The safety nets are broken, we have big problems."
While nearly 800,000 federal employees continue to lose their wages due to the partial closure of the government, nutrition assistance programs across the country are gearing up for what could be a sudden increase in the number of clients asking for help. Some say they are well stocked and ready to cope with an increase in the number of customers, while others worry about keeping their shelves stocked if the closure goes on forever.
San Antonio, officially nicknamed "the military city of the United States", houses the common base of San Antonio, conglomerate of three military installations. Facilities include the US Army Fort Sam Houston, Air Force Base American Air Randolph and Lackland Air Force Base. The region has many non-military government employees and contractors.
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Another complication for the San Antonio Food Bank: one of its major contributors, a Tyson Food plant located just outside San Antonio, has struggled to find an inspector from the US Department of Health. Agriculture (USDA) due to the closure of the government and Cooper's worries likely to harm the food processor.
"This has a direct impact on their operations and their productions," said Cooper. "Which in turn affects their workers."
In some parts of the county, the larders say they have enough supplies to provide assistance for at least a month. Trump said he was ready for the closure to last for years.
"Our warehouse is full, our stores are full and we are ready to help you," said Tim Sullivan, executive director of Tri-Cities Foodbank in the state of Washington. "Here in the Tri-Cities, people are interested in the need."
The Tri-Cities Food Bank, a non-profit agency that serves more than 40,000 families a year, received an influx of food donations just before the holidays and partnered with a local Costco to fill the gaps. shelves.
"We are lucky to have so much stock because of a much-requested holiday season," Sullivan said. He added that, even if no one in the region had to go hungry at the moment, the longer the closure would last, the more dramatic the situation of food retailers would become.
"But we are taking things one month at a time – we have families and businesses in the community who are willing to step up their efforts if we need to replenish our stocks."
Chad Morrison, executive director of Mountaineer Food Bank in West Virginia, also said the emergency food supplier had enough food by the end of March. Morrison said that people needing food should consult FeedingAmerica.org to find out where their local larder is.
"We have a lot of discussions to prepare for some of the lingering effects of the government shutdown," Morrison said. "We have several programs that could be affected and we want our network to be prepared for people who need food, which is not the case traditionally."
He said that as long as the SNAP, also known as the food stamp program, is operational, emergency food services should go very well.
"Federal nutrition programs are absolutely essential at all times, but especially in times of shock," said Robert Campbell, director of policy at Feeding America, a non-profit organization that feeds more than 46 million people through of pantry and other community organizations.
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At the direction of @POTUSWe announced a plan to fully fund the benefits of the SNAP program for the month of February, despite the inability of Congress to send the President a credit bill guaranteeing the security of our borders. We do well and feed everyone.
– Sec. Sonny Perdue (@SecretarySonny) January 9, 2019
SNAP beneficiaries benefit from a provision in the Expired Expenses Bill that allows the USDA to continue funding certain programs for 30 days beyond when the ministry is forced to close.
To comply with this provision, the USDA is working with the states to disperse the scheduled assistance for the month of February, January 20 or January 20. The benefits are usually paid during the first few days of the month.
"We just want to make sure these federal employees have access to food and that they know where to go," Morrison told Mountaineer Food Bank. "They are doing a great job supporting us so we are here for them."
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