Food bank concerned about government shutdown
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The last federal shutdown was five years ago, and the community food bank remembers it well.
"We were seeing federal workers whose paychecks had gone away suddenly and maybe were on some of the lower paying ends of the federal pay scale, and they needed food," said Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank.
And here, high above the enormous pallets of food are posters and reminders of the people in need, like 2-year-old Lucas and 46-year-old Sheila.
"Last fiscal year we served the equivalent of 396,000 meals every week, and I will tell you that distribution this year is up 20 percent," Bradshaw said.
"There is a ripple effect that affects people's lives," said candidate for Congress Tim Harris. His take on the tug of war?
"Understand there are many many important issues on the table, immigration, border control, what do we do with the dreamers, how is DACA going to be handled, but we still have to have a budget, right?" Harris said.
Adding concern to shutdown worries; how long it could last?
"A lot of folks in Oklahoma depend on SNAP benefits, they may not go away immediately but if there's a prolonged government shutdown those benefits are going to be impacted," Bradshaw said.
The shutdown showdown, and the clamor to keep it from happening.
"Everybody knows we need a budget, so let's pass a budget," Harris said.