Local food banks prepare for higher demand amid government shutdown

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As the partial government shutdown continues in its third week, food banks across Wisconsin are preparing for a potential increase in the number of people seeking help.

Organizers at local food banks say some families rely heavily on supplemental assistance.

Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire says it's prepared to make extra deliveries to local pantries, should they experience a higher demand.

“As we're able, we're bringing in more food to be ready,” said Executive Director, Emily Moore. “We're also working with our partners if there were to be an increase in need."

St. Francis Food Pantry in Eau Claire also says it's ready for a potential increase.

Organizers there say they want families to feel comfortable receiving assistance.

“We're just hoping that they feel comfortable enough to make that first step in the door,” said Executive Director, Kristie Matthaei. “Once they're here, we make them feel comfortable, even if its temporary for them.”

Moore says although the food bank typically receives fewer donations this time of year, it's still prepared to take the extra steps to provide for those in need.

“Food insecurity is so stressful,” said Moore. “Just knowing that the community is here to provide support to help people get through difficult times strengthens individual lives and our communities.”

For more information on the St. Francis Food Pantry, click here.

For more information on Feed My People Food Bank, click here.