Government Shut Down Impacts the Hungry

Updated: Jan 8, 2019

At the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, we are preparing for the impact that an extended government shut down will have on our community. The effects of the shutdown on Americans is potentially life-threatening. Virginia has a large number of federal workers and as they go longer and longer without a paycheck, it could begin to put greater demand on food pantries. Consider the lives of federal employees whose paychecks have suddenly stopped. Many families live paycheck to paycheck and are now faced with tough choices, like choosing between groceries and paying utilities or rent or buying medication. The food bank anticipates an increase in the number of people in our community turning to us and our partner agencies for food assistance.

Twenty five percent of the government remains unfunded, like the U.S. Department of Agriculture which funds SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and Women Infant Care or WIC. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for mothers, both pregnant and with children up to age 5. Funding is in place through Janu