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Arkansas Foodbank Not Seeing Immediate Setbacks From Shutdown

Most of the programs run by the Arkansas Foodbank will continue to be funded, so for the most part, they're making ends meet.
(KARK) LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Most of the programs run by the Arkansas Foodbank will continue to be funded, so for the most part, they're making ends meet.

However, officials at the Foodbank said if the shutdown stretches into multiple weeks, that's when there could be issues.

"No one knows how long this will last," said the Chief Development Officer Jennifer Martinez-Belt.

But she said they're making ends meet for now.

"For two weeks or so we're fine," she said. "We'll use our reserves to feed people in need."

At the end of this month, however, it could be an entirely different situation.

It's something the Foodbank said they will deal with when they need to.

Until then, they said it's operating normally.

"Our agencies aren't reporting an influx of people," Martinez-Belt said. "But you never know."

So far they haven't noticed a drastic change in the amount of people who need a shelter's assistance for help.
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