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Food Bank Concerns
WIC offices at the Henderson County Department of Public Health are open for clients despite the U.S. government shutdown.
MANNA Food Bank in Asheville says the stalemate in Washington will remove tons of food from mountain people.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provided MANNA with nearly 1.5 million pounds of food last year, is stopping deliveries.
MANNA officials say they received their last shipment from the agency yesterday and will receive no more shipments while the shutdown continues.
Food from that program is aimed at families who have no other place to go when disaster strikes or they can't find work.
The food is stored at MANNA's warehouses and it's shipped to other missions and food banks in 16 western North Carolina counties.
The loss of this program will take away as much as 12-percent of the food MANNA distributes to the needy.
Cindy Threlkeld, MANNA Food Bank director, "we're talking about ordinary folk, it may be people who are working two jobs, that they're minimum wage jobs with no benefits, it may be somebody who lost their jobs four months ago that is still needing to make their mortgage payment or their rent payments so that they don't lose their home."
Threlkeld says it will also affect families who are part of the "WIC" program, that's a nutritional supplement program for women, infants and children. That program is also part of the government shutdown.
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