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Local Food Assistance Program May Run Out Of Money

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Capital Area Services Committee has been a reliable resource in Mid-Michigan for nearly 50-years. Their mission is simply to combat poverty, especially when it affects seniors and children.

Because of the government shutdown, for the first time in half a century, directors fear they might not have the resources to provide food assistance to those who need it most.

 

Three thousand people a month, in four Mid-Michigan counties, rely on their services to supplement their food supply.

 

"The number of people in poverty are getting higher--but they're having less and less resources," said CACS Director Ivan Love.

Love says the organizations funding goes through a chain from the feds, to the state, to them. Because of the shutdown, the chain is broken.

"When the federal employees are no longer working, they're not able to process contracts with the state," said Love. That means by November 1, there'll be no money to pay staff or operate CACS's five service centers where people come for food.

Love says they've already spent $500,000 in October, which would normally be re-imbursed by the federal government in November. Love fears that won't happen. If the government isn't up and running by the end of the month, Love says this whole warehouse may be empty.

 

"We know with assurity that until the federal employees get back to work, we will not receive money and we work on a reimbursement basis," he said.

Directors at Capital Area Community Services say if state employees are laid off, CACS will have a difficult time shoring up funds for the upcoming months.

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