We love getting Food Tank's e-newsletter, as they highlight important issues related to our food systems that one doesn't normally think about...read below for a powerful and insightful article on how the government shutdown is affecting food safety, soup kitchens, farmers and more.
"In the United States, this week marks the second missed paycheck for furloughed federal workers. Now on its 34th day, the shutdown’s effects are permeating beyond the lives of federal workers, as farmers, food banks, and food companies encounter reductions in government loans, assistance, and services. And as talks between Congressional leadership and President Donald Trump continue to stall, the food system is placed at higher risks as many partially-running programs start to reach shutdown funding limits in the coming month.
Food Tank is calling attention to six ways the government shutdown affects the food system, from federal workers to farmers and food banks: Food and Drug Administration food inspections decline, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meat plant inspections remain incomplete, Farm Service Agency Temporary Closures Pressure Farmers, the USDA leaves farmers in the dark, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program releases early, and food banks feel a new surge.
To support initiatives feeding federal workers, you can donate to organizations like World Central Kitchen, which is donating free meals, or Capital Area Food Bank, which is setting up free pop-up markets for employees in the D.C. area.
To support a general relief fund for furloughed workers, you can donate to a fundraiser started by Deepak Chopra and GoFundMe that directs funds to nonprofits including World Central Kitchen, the National Diaper Bank Network, Feeding America, and the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund.
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