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Hungry Bellies Begin to Growl Louder With Each Passing Day

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January 22, 2019
In an effort to combat the advancement of hunger in our community due to the current government shutdown, the York County Food Bank will provide food relief to all impacted workers. 
The Food Bank will continue its normal operations serving more than 125 nonprofit partner agencies and programs in York County, but will add Federal Shutdown services as well. 
Those struggling to purchase food or simply to make ends meet may visit the Food Bank at 254 West Princess Street in York City Monday-Friday from 8:00am-2:00pm to shop for free in our client-choice food pantry.  Families are also invited to come to one or both of our weekly food distributions that occur at our facility every Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm and Friday 12:30pm-1:45pm.
Our choice pantry is filled with nutrient rich foods such as assorted fresh veggies and fruit, fresh milk, eggs, frozen meats, and various shelf stable foods. Affected workers coming in to shop will be allowed to take different amounts of food based on family size. 
Jennifer Brillhart, Executive Director of the York County Food bank had this to say regarding the current shutdown: “This federal shutdown is a serious threat to the progress nutritional assistance programs, like those the Food Bank offers, have made over the last decade. The reach of this shutdown goes much farther than just those government employees who are working without pay or government contracted employees stuck at home. As of October 2018, over 1.8 million Pennsylvanians rely on SNAP benefits to get food on the table. Thankfully, these families will receive their SNAP benefits for the month of February but funding is not secure for the month of March. As the uncertainty of whether or not SNAP benefits will come beyond February grows, it is up to us as the York County Food Bank to do everything in our power to increase the availability of emergency food through our two weekly direct-to-client food distribution programs. Through this increase in food available during our existing distributions and by offering impacted workers the ability to shop in our choice pantry; we hope to do our part in helping those affected by the current situation.”
As the government shutdown enters its 26th day, the York County Food Bank is determined to not let hard working Americans go hungry. All the hard work and progress from those fighting hunger across the country is in jeopardy if SNAP and WIC benefits get cut beyond February as a result of the continuing shutdown which has no signs of ending.
About the York County Food Bank: 
The York County Food Bank(YCFB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the quantity of – and dignified access to – high quality, nutritious food for anyone who needs it. By working with more than 125 local agencies and partner programs, the YCFB serves nearly 5,000 people in need every month. For more information on the YCFB and its mission to reduce hunger in York County, visityorkfoodbank.org or call 717-846-6435.

Michael Fox
Development & Communications Coordinator
York County Food Bank
254 W. Princess St.
York, PA 17401
Office: 717-846-6435 ext 206
Cell: 410-299-7024
Fax: 717-843-3379
Email: michaelf@yorkfoodbank.org