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City officials said the closure wouldn't present a hardship
Local nonprofits worry that federal assistance isn’t keeping pace with rising food prices — caused by a mix of global forces such as climate change and the war in Ukraine.
Now in its fifth week, the longest government shutdown in history may soon have a significant impact on how food banks, as well as the charities and food pantries they distribute to, can get food to families in need.
With less money being spent at delis and grocery stores, owners of those establishments are feeling the effects in their own livelihood and ability to provide for their families.
Despite the supposed turnaround in the economy, food insecurity levels have remained unchanged since the beginning of the 2008 Recession.
Recession-era laws providing assistance to recovering households expires, resulting in a system-wide decrease in benefits starting next month.
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