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Shutdown Still Affecting Food Banks
Hundreds of agencies helping to feed families across the Carolinas have received less food from the federal government during the shutdown.
Rutherford County's Storehouse Pantry Director, Pat Evans, says trucks have arrived at her Forest City pantry half-full and she estimates she's received half as much food as she normally does.
The shutdown officially ended early Tuesday morning and Evans was set to receive a USDA shipment packed with beans, grapefruit juice and cabbage Tuesday afternoon.
But in the last 3 weeks Evans says she has decimated her supply of canned goods that helps her feed needy students in 10 area schools and between 4,000 and 5,000 families every month.
The pantry has been forced to give families 1 bag of canned goods instead of 2, and 2 bags of dry goods instead of 3. Evans says it will likely take weeks for things to get back to normal.
In the meantime Storehouse Pantry is asking for donations. If you're interested in donating money, food or canned goods you can contact Pat Evans at (828) 980-2654.