DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- On day five of the government shutdown, the Dayton Foodbank’s shelves were fully stocked. From meat products to fruit many of items in stock are supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA is one of the federal departments closed as a result of the shutdown.
“If the furlough continues, then there will be delays in being able to get food and we get a quarter of our food through the USDA,” Lora Davenport, communications manager for the Foodbank said.
Davenport said for now, there’s enough to serve the 120,000 people struggling with hunger in the Miami Valley. With holiday drives like 2 News’ Food for Friends, there are more community donations than usual.
“We do have quite a bit of food on hand at the moment that will get us through a while in case need heightens,” Davenport.
Needs from the community heighten the longer shutdown lasts. For now, Davenport said there is enough government funding to provide SNAP benefits through January. If the shutdown continues longer than that, people may begin to run out their benefits.
“Then in just a few of weeks we could see a lot of people who are coming to our lines who are looking for food,” Davenport said.
Delays in food delivery and increased need for assistance means more pressure for foodbanks around the country. Immigration and the border continue to rouse a stalemate in DC.
“I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it,” said President Trump earlier this week.
According to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the longest government shutdown lasted 26 days in 1995. Unclear how long this fight in DC will last, Davenport said they know where they’ll turn for support.
“We’ll call on the help of the community to help us help people in need,” Davenport.