Government shutdown halts USDA assistance to North Texas Food Bank

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 7:00 PM

DALLAS — The North Texas Food Bank will no longer receive shipments from the United States Department of Agriculture during the government shutdown.

Ten truckloads of food from the USDA have been canceled and more are at risk.

The North Texas Food Bank estimates some 305,000 meals will be missed over the next five months. Food from the USDA is dispersed among 13 North Texas counties for organizations such as the Duncanville Outreach Ministry.

“I have wondered what the impact was going to be and now I'm starting to see it first hand at a work level," said Anita Davis, with Duncanville Outreach Ministry. "That’s the food going out our backdoor."

Without USDA assistance, food banks across Texas say donations are more valuable than ever. 

For information on how you can help head to feedingamerica.org.

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