Local organizations discuss impact of government shutdown

    Foodlink is one of the organizations that says its activities have been impacted by the shutdown (WHAM file photo)

    Rochester, N.Y. – As the government shutdown continued into day 32, Foodlink and other local groups are calling on community members to help struggling families.

    They're expecting a bigger need at local food pantries as the shutdown continues - and, they say the future is uncertain for SNAP recipients and families of furloughed government employees.

    "So we're asking that everyone step up to assist during this time, make sure that every single family, regardless of circumstances, has the resources they need to feed themselves and their families," said Julia Tedesco, president and CEO of Foodlink.

    Aside from donating food or money, Foodlink says donating your time can also help.

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