Government shutdown could affect pantry food

Federal government partial shutdown could trickle down to pantry food stock

The federal government’s partial shutdown could eventually cut into supplies at food pantries.

Hunger Task Force director Sherrie Tussler, in Milwaukee, says the commodity food the pantry usually receives from the federal government could be in jeopardy if the shutdown continues.

By the middle of the month, Tussler says the Hunger Task Force could lose 217,000 pounds of food it receives every two weeks under a federal program. Tussler says about 37,000 people visit emergency food pantries in Milwaukee County every month.

Tussler tells WISN-TV they’ll have to make up the shortfall with donations and food that it purchases if the budget impasse in Washington isn’t resolved soon.