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Local food bank feels backlash of government shutdown

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf has supplied Olmsted County and southern Minnesota with 9 million pounds of food over the last fiscal year.  If the government shutdown continues certain programs that Channel One clients use could be in jeopardy.

Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf, said the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is safe through the end of October.  Veterans benefits and child care re-reimbursement programs could also be delayed or lost.  

Tammy Tienter has been coming to Channel One since it opened.  She fears the loss of certain programs could affect stability for her and her young granddaughter.

"Most of my paycheck would be going to food instead of my rent and other basic things that we need right now," Tienter said. "My rent is pretty much my paycheck and if they stop the SNAP I'd be lost."

The food shelf is stocked for now, but could run into problems if the shutdown lingers.  A long delay could force the food bank to look elsewhere for funds if more programs fall by the wayside.
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