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MANNA Feeling Pinch From Shutdown
The government shutdown blocks the flow of federal supplies to a mountain food bank.
Manna Food Bank provides groceries to Western North Carolina families in need. They received their last shipment from the Emergency Food Assistance Program Tuesday. That agency provided 1.5 million pounds of food to MANNA last year. That's 12% of the food distributed to food kitchens and welcome tables in 16 counties.
The Federal Food Program is aimed at families who have no other place to go when disaster strikes or they can't find work. Those are the people served by the Downtown Welcome Table at Haywood Street Congregation. Volunteers and staff serve a meal on Wednesdays for anyone who comes through the doors. They say most of the food they serve comes from MANNA, and it would be difficult if the food bank had to cut back on the allocation.
Guests tell News 13 it's hard to believe that the government would include food services for people in the shutdown.
WIC offices at the Henderson County Department of Public Health are open for clients despite the U.S. government shutdown.
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