HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The federal government is once again up and running, but more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians and your local food banks and pantries are still feeling the aftermath of the month-long shutdown. Governor Tom Wolf Friday encouraged any Pennsylvania residents who are able to donate, to seek out their local food banks and pantries do so.
“Food banks and pantries across Pennsylvania felt the effects of the federal government during the time of year when resources are already strained due to weather.” Governor Wolf said. “if you already donated to your local food bank, thank you. If you haven’t or can give more, I encourage you to do so. It can go a long way to restock shelves and make sure our community members in need do not have to go without a necessity of life — food.”
During the shutdown local food banks were supporting many unpaid federal workers and contractors as well as participants in the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”, or SNAP, causing a strain on the facilities.
Most food banks say that cash donations and volunteer work is needed most, but it is encouraged that residents reach out to their local banks and pantries to see what specific needs they have.