Government shutdown could soon effect Magic Valley nonprofits

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The government shutdown may seem like its only impacting things in Washington, but it could soon start impacting the Magic Valley.

The shelves at South Central Community Action Partnership's food pantry may have food on them for now, but if the government shutdown continues, they could soon be bare if people who use food stamps don't get their food cards reloaded.

CEO Ken Robinette told KMVT that they rely on the USDA to send them shipments of food.

"We are actually, with our food from USDA, we're at the mercy of getting those, uh that department reopened so that food can begin coming back into our programs,” Robinette explained.

Robinette also said that the president’s speech Tuesday night didn't give him any hope.

"It was a little disappointing I must say. I did not see, on either side, either Republicans or Democrats, that there was a willingness to work towards a center point where we can re-open the government. I'm hoping that that can happen,” Robinette stated.

Leena Huber, a food pantry worker who transports food to the 13 food pantries and soup kitchens run by South Central throughout the Magic Valley, said if they don't get help from the USDA, the program will be forced to shut down.

"We do get donations from businesses in the valley, and private individuals, but that's not enough to sustain the full food program. So ultimately, you know, there would be people without a job. Or maybe moved into other positions if they were available,” Huber explained.

And another program could be effected as well, the housing program they provide, which also gets funds from the USDA rural development.

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