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Local Groups Say Shutdown May Cause More Strain on Resources
Updated: Wednesday, October 2 2013, 09:42 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- With no meat and just a few cans of food, it gets hard for Vicar Pat Kane to help feed the community.
"This is not an uncommon occurrence," Kane said showing an empty freezer.
"You can't feel anything but sadness."
He gives food and clothes to more than 2,000 people a month at Crossroads Mission.
A demand he says is already hard to keep up with and will get even harder if the government shutdown continues.
"It's almost impossible for us to make up for what the federal government is cutting," Kane said.
More than 60,000 Iowans who use WIC will be without help if it and other federally funded programs which help people in need run out of money.
Many may turn to food pantries and non-profits that are already struggling to fill in the gap.
"This is an issue we have on a day to day basis,” said Kim Ott, Linn County WIC coordinator. “This isn't a new problem, but it's a magnified problem because of the shut down."
"It's going to be challenging," she said.
But even with food and money being tight, groups like HACAP are keeping their doors and phone lines open for as long as they can.
"We'll figure it out," Ott said.