Virginia is home to nearly 180,000 federal employees, and many more third-party contractors who depend on open government for their livelihoods. As the shutdown nears its fourth week and these hard working families miss out on yet another paycheck, they are increasingly at risk of hunger.
Virginia’s food banks are working hard to ensure that they have the resources for anyone who may be in need – whether the shutdown ends tomorrow or months from now. Local news stories from across the Commonwealth this week have documented the ways in which the shutdown is threatening to increase hunger in Virginia and how our network is preparing to respond to the challenge.
Richmond (Feed More): http://www.nbc12.com/2019/01/09/local-food-bank-prepared-government-shutdown-woes/
Roanoke (Feeding America Southwest Virginia): https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/roanoke/food-bank-worries-government-shutdown-could-mean-loss-of-funding
Hampton Roads (Virginia Peninsula Foodbank): https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/peninsulanow/virginia-peninsula-foodbank-offering-help-to-those-affected-by-shutdown/291-df4780ca-e5b4-4e8d-90b9-af9b54f0bac6
Northern Virginia (Capital Area Food Bank):https://wjla.com/news/local/dc-food-bank-seeing-increase-as-partial-government-shutdown-continues