Food Bank of CENC prepares for possibility of another government shutdown

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Across America, another partial government shutdown is looming. Talks between lawmakers broke down over the weekend as Republicans and Democrats try to hammer out an agreement over border security and funding the government.

If no deal is reached by the end of the week, several government agencies will once again shut-down.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina helped many families going without paychecks during the last government shutdown and they say if it were to shutdown again they are ready to help again.

The food bank branches in Greenville and New Bern service nearly 130,000 people, helping even more after the 35-day long government shutdown.

“Our goal is that no one goes hungry in eastern North Carolina,” said George Young, eastern regional director of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.  “When it comes to paying mortgages and child care and what have you, and once your income stops, then there is going to be a shortfall. We were happy to fill in the gap and help people put meals on the table in the short term while they were waiting for their paychecks to show up.”

Staff said they are monitoring the situation and if another government shutdown were to happen they want to make sure no one goes hungry. 

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