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Shutdown stops truckloads of food

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The federal government shutdown is impacting North Texas by taking food off the table for some of the most vulnerable.

The North Texas Food Bank said 10 truckloads of food from the United States Department of Agriculture have been canceled and 36 more are in jeopardy. That's nearly 2 million pounds of food or 300,000 meals that may not reach families in need.

The federal government has also stopped funding programs that would have reimbursed the food bank for distributing additional meals.

"Families who depend on these benefits to feed their children will be most hurt. This is totally unacceptable in modern day America," said Jan Pruitt, President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank.

The agency said the cancellation couldn't have come at a worse time after a demanding summer and before the holidays.

If the squeeze continues through the end of the month, the shutdown will create a choke hold that will mean families will have to do without.


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