FYI

Domestic Violence Shelter Hurt by Government Shutdown

Brighter Tomorrows is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and food for women and children escaping domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Their main source of food comes from the North Texas Food Bank.  But now that the NTFB  will not be able to receive food because of the Government shutdown, advocates fear they will not be able to provide food for their clients.

The NTFB was scheduled to receive 134 truckloads of USDA food between Oct. 1, 2013 and Feb. 1, 2014. Due to the shut-down, 10 truckloads have been cancelled and 36 have been approved but are not currently funded. Ultimately, 5.4 million pounds of food were requested and 1.88 million pounds of food have been cancelled or are at risk of not being delivered.

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That means 305,000 missing meals over the next five months that NTFB relies on to feed children, families and seniors at more than 1,000 feeding locations and 262 Partner Agencies in 13 North Texas counties.

The USDA cancellations come at an especially precarious time for NTFB as it struggles to refill its shelves with food after an unusually demanding summer season and prepare for the annual substantial increase in demand during the holiday season.

If you would like to learn more about the NTFB click here

and if you would like to donate or learn more about Brighter Tomorrows Click here

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