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What a Government Shutdown Means to Non-Profit Organizations

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Millions of federal dollars fund programs in the Ozarks every day. One major recipient of that funding is Ozarks Food Harvest. If republicans and democrats do not agree on a budget and the government is forced to shut down, the food bank would have a much harder time serving the community.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Millions of federal dollars fund programs in the Ozarks every day. One major recipient of that funding is Ozarks Food Harvest. If republicans and democrats do not agree on a budget and the government is forced to shut down, the food bank would have a much harder time serving the community.

The Cook’s Kettle, a non-profit organization that serves food provided by Ozarks Food Harvest, provides up to 130 meals a night to anyone who walks through the doors.

“There is people who are homeless who come here for maybe the only meal they’ll get a day,” says David Smith, an employee. “There are people who have a home, but money is tight right now. They rely on us to help ease the burden of feeding their family.”

Ozarks Food Harvest distributes 850,000 meals a month from its Springfield facility.

Funding for these organizations is in jeopardy because of political bickering in Washington. The government could possibly stop funding non-essential programs as early as next week if it shuts down.

“Basically anything with a federal tie to it has the potential to be shut down,” says CEO at Ozarks Food Harvest Bart Brown. “Because of the games they are playing and unfortunately they’re not games to us here in the field.”

Twenty-four percent of the Food Harvest’s budget comes from federal funds.

“For our Kids Café after school feeding program that touches about 1,200 kids a day, a lot of that food comes though a federal program,” Brown says.

But, Brown says, until a decision is made in Washington, it’s a waiting game in Springfield.

If you would like to contact your lawmaker you can use the information below.



MISSOURI
Congressman Billy Long (7th District)
 
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (4th District)
 
Congressman Jason Smith (8th District)
 
Senator Roy Blunt
 
Senator Claire McCaskill
 
ARKANSAS
Congressman Steve Womack (3rd District)
 
Congressman Rick Crawford (1st District)
 
Senator Mark Pryor
 
Senator John Boozman

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