Government shutdown impacting local nonprofits, community organizations

The food pantry at Canandaigua Churches in Action was busy Tuesday as volunteers stocked shelves and people arrived to stock up on needed grocery items — canned goods, household paper and cleaning products, and more.

The pantry is one of a number of services at the Thompson Co-op, 120 N. Main St., which may see more activity as the federal government shutdown drags on.

“We may see more concern for food and assistance possibly,” said Jeff Lippincott, a pastor and executive director of Canandaigua Churches in Action. “It is hard to put a picture on it. We’ll have to wait and see how it trickles down.”

As the government shutdown enters its fourth week, local organizations are bracing themselves for the financial impact of federal dollars drying up. With no end in sight, nonprofits are stocking up on donations to weather the storm.

Lippincott said the community was very generous over the holidays with donations and food drives and that is significant, as is ongoing support. Teather Green, a pantry volunteer who was helping a shopper there Tuesday, said she learned that Foodlink, the regional food bank that helps supply local pantries, will be able to operate as usual and that comes as a relief.

The food pantry at CCIA and its sister pantry at Zion Fellowship at 5188 Bristol St. Extension typically see 350 to 400 families per month.

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