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Massachusetts Food Bank Operators Discuss Impact Of Federal Shutdown

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     The directors of the four largest food banks in Massachusetts are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to develop an emergency backup plan if the federal government shut down continues into February.

    Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could be in peril. 

    Baker said Monday his administration is looking into offering unemployment benefits to federal employees and contractors who are not being paid because of the government shutdown.  He said another top concern is to make sure people receiving SNAP benefits are not left without help.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Andrew Morehouse, director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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