About 9 million of Americans will be deeply affected by the impact of government shutdown, including 7 Head Start programs closed at the end of the first week, leaving 7,195 vulnerable children without access to resources. Women, infants, and children will be especially impacted, as families struggling through unemployment will not have access to the items they need to survive. The burden of providing goods to America's poor can be alleviated by working with food banks across the US.
Good360 currently provides resources to 176 food banks in the US. With this national program, they will have access to the donated supplies that their low-income program participants currently need. By providing them with free goods, our food bank partners will no longer have to spend limited funds and time procuring these necessities. For every $10 donated, we will be able to ship $300 worth of clothes, shoes, diapers, personal care items, and more to each local food bank across the country.
The social safety net in America is in trouble. The scope of the needs of the poor in this country is expanding. At this time, the consequences of the shutdown will not only impact the capitol but will send rippling effects throughout the country on those living in poverty stricken areas- mother, children, elderly-who depend on basic subsidies. By donating to food banks, we can support the country's poor through grass roots efforts until the government can again support its most vulnerable.