ALBANY, N.Y. - Many food banks have been seeing an increase in the number of people coming in for a hot meal or for food boxes, as the fate of government programs like Medicaid and WIC remains up in the air. Non-profits like the City Mission of Albany, which receives no funding from the government, are bracing for a possible surge of people.
The greater need coming from people who, during the shutdown, can no longer depend on government-funded programs for food.
Albany City Mission Executive Director Sue Jones says she's already seeing the trickle-down effects of the 10-day-old shutdown.
"Normally, this time of year, we see the same basic number of people come in every day. This year, this early in October, we're already seeing increased numbers of people coming in to get food. We don't receive money from the government, but the programs that do are in jeopardy, and that is creating a greater need for missions like ours."
Jones says the government shutdown happening this time of year creates an especially critical situation for food pantries, as the holiday season - a time when families need the most help - is fast approaching.
For more information on how you can help local food pantries, or how the shutdown is affecting them, go to CapitalCityRescueMission.com.