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Shutdown Impacting Jackson Food Cupboard

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The federal shutdown is beginning to be felt at the Jackson Food Cupboard now.  Amy Brooks of the cupboard says with the lack of funding for the WIC program, recipients of that federal program are now seeking assistance from the local program.  Brooks explains that the Women, Infants and Children organization normally provides food to expectant mothers and low-income families needing baby forumula, baby foot and milk; but with the program being shut down, the cupboard foresees a lot of people needing help with that type of nutrition this year.  Furthermore, Brooks says the food stamp program has been reduced and recipients of that federal aid are turning more to the cupboard to augment their needs.  This weekend, area Boy and Cub Scouts will be distributing door-hangers asking for people to donate food which will be picked up October 19th in the annual Scouting for Food Drive.  Brooks says the need is even keener than past years when this drive would have kept the cupboard stocked several months.  She says in 2012, the cupboard had pretty well gone through all that had been collected through Scouting for Food by early December.  Consequently, she says they are hoping to have more food donated this year.  Brooks says the door hangers will indicate which neighborhoods the local scouts will be canvassing for food, but those who do not receive hangers this weekend should consider making donations at scout collection points in area grocery stores.  All food collected in Jackson Hole will remain in Jackson Hole for local needs.

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