The partial government shutdown is beginning to affect Kentucky food banks as federal workers struggle to live without paychecks.
Federal workers in Kentucky who are furloughed and or working without pay are feeling the financial strain on their grocery budgets.
“What we are noticing is a large increase in inquiries," said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. "People are calling, they’re sending social media saying, 'I’m impacted by the federal shutdown. What do I need to do to get help?' That’s why food banks and food pantries are here, we are here to help between paychecks, as you’re waiting for your next paycheck to come.”