Although the shutdown is over for federal employees, many of our clients are still unsure about how they will afford food without increased help from the Food Bank .
“I’m probably going to have to go a few days without food for myself, to make sure that my kids are able to eat.” –Clarence a single father from Vallejo
As you may not know, many people we serve also receive federal nutrition benefits (CalFresh) and because of the recent government shutdown, families will be receiving their next benefit 10 to 20 days late.
This disruption in CalFresh benefits is predicted to cause an unprecedented strain on food banks. CalFresh typically provides families with enough food to last two to three weeks and a third of all recipients already rely on food banks to make ends meet.