The United Way and Foodlink are teaming up to help local people impacted by the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Officials from both organizations discussed how the shutdown has affected the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, and how the emergency food system will react to the rising demand, with no end to the shutdown in sight.
“The uncertainty is certainly frustrating, but we have no control over it right now,” said Julia Tedesco, Foodlink president/CEO. “We are doing what we can to make sure that we’re prepared should the government shutdown last longer than expected and so we’re asking the community to donate funds, to donate food and also to donate their time to make sure that we can get food resources to the families affected by this shutdown.”
Foodlink serves Monroe and surrounding counties to provide food access points in under-served communities.