The federal government shutdown is causing major problems for the San Antonio Food Bank, just at a time when cuts in the federal Food Stamp program are increasing the need for the Food Bank's services, 1200 WOAI's Stephanie Narvaez reports.
Eric Cooper, the President of the San Antonio Food Bank, which serves dozens of counties in south and central Texas, says they receive fully 13 percent of their food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food which is now not available due to the shut down.
"We really have had to rely more on private donations," Cooper said. "Just kind of causing us to have to ration, and spread what we've got a little thinner, because we just won't be able to make up that kind of impact."
But Cooper says rationing food is not in the best interests of people who rely on the food bank to put food on the table every day.
"You can't go from two meals a day to one meal a day," he said. "That's the kind of rationing that is going to be necessary if these cuts are successful."
The cuts he is referring to are cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which were approved by Congress last month when it approved a new Farm Bill. The future of those cuts are on hold as negotiations continue to end the government shutdown.
"Because of the Food Stamp cuts families will be struggling, and they are going to need to rely on us even more," he said. "We are very anxious about how we are going to make up that shortfall."