EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- CT Food Bank distributed more than 18 million pounds of food to shelters throughout the state last year. There are bags of fresh produce and boxes of canned food at the warehouse in East Haven, but the Food Bank says it's not enough.
The organization, which regularly distributes food to more than 600 shelters throughout the state, is gearing up for its busiest season.
"We know that the need is great, I anticipate the need is going to be greater this year," said Nancy Carrington, President & CEO, CT Food Bank.
Last Thanksgiving, the organization dished out 25,000 turkeys and a quarter of a million pounds of fixings. This year Carrington says the help is more urgent.
Plenty of CT farms have pitched in with bags of fresh produce, but it's the baggage in wash that's really affecting residents and that's why the Food Bank says this year's need is greater than ever.
The government shutdown has meant some CT workers have had to go without pay, which has many turning to local food pantries for the first time.
"For situations where they were already living on a shoestring, losing just one day's wages can be critical," Carrington said.
While the shutdown has produced greater need, it has also cut funds to the organization. The CT Food Bank receives $300,000 each year from the government. That money is currently not available to them because of the shutdown, and they're not sure if they'll ever see it.
"For the moment that resource is on hold we're not sure if and when we will see that money and whether we will lose some of it," Carrington said.
If they don't see that money, she says they'll need to rely more on private donations. Find out how you can help by visiting CT Food Bank's website.
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