FOX VALLEY (WFRV) - The federal commodity food many rely on could be in jeopardy the longer the shutdown lasts.
ADVOCAP is a community action agency serving those in need in the fox valley area.
"The federal government provides commodity foods and they need someone to make sure these are provided to the local food pantries that do this," explained Executive Director Mike Bonertz. "ADVOCAP does that in Fond du Lac, Winnebago and Green Lake counties."
But if the partial government shutdown continues much longer, thousands of pounds of food from the federal government could stop coming.
Thankfully, many of the agencies that receive the government food also rely on other sources to keep their shelves stocked. But ADVOCAP officials say if this government shutdown does continue, the impacts will be felt.
"If we don't have some resolution of this within a few weeks, by the end of the month, I'm thinking we're going to be experiencing some shortage," Bonertz said.
"We're 100% community supported," commented Craig Robbins, Director of Paul's Pantry in Green Bay.
Paul's Pantry feeds nearly 200 families every day. While this pantry receives no help from the federal government, Robbins said they could still be impacted. If certain foods are no longer available at federally-assisted pantries, more people could start to seek help at those that rely solely on donations.
"Anytime the economy is doing poorly, it affects how busy we are," he added.