Government shutdown affecting local food bank
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida food bank has been left unable to feed over 100 families in need due to the shutdown in the Capitol.
Feeding South Florida has supplied Omega Power and Place Ministry in Liberty City for the past five years, but with the government shutdown in effect, Thursday's shipment was the last from the non-profit organization from the U.S Department of Agriculture.
Omega Power and Place Ministry feeds 160 needy families each week and Harriette Wilson-Greene, Omega's pastor, hopes and prays that Thursday's shipment won't be the last for quite some time. "Oh, my God," exclaimed Wilson-Greene. "We're faithful providers. Send out the call, we need more of everything."
Feeding South Florida is just one of 202 food banks in the country hit hard by the Washington, D.C. stalemate. With 47 employees, it's the largest of nine in Florida, responsible for 30 percent of statewide distribution.
The agency distributes 35 million pounds of food a year from its 70,000-square-foot warehouse, everything from bananas and pears, to turkeys and hams, to soups and nuts, even baby formula.
USDA funding accounts for more than one-third of Feeding South Florida's supply chain. On Thursday, its six open loading bays were filled with volunteers heaving food into U-Hauls and other trucks.
For more information on Feeding South Florida: www.feedingsouthflorida.org.
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