The government is back in business, which means Capital Area Food Bank leaders can breathe a sigh of relief.
The food bank's largest partner is the federal government. Without it, local partners can't get food to those who need it. During the 16-day shutdown, more people needed food, including some furloughed employees.
Now that everyone is back at work, some important decisions in Washington will be made that could impact the food bank.
"The farm bill now is being debated, one would cut $4 billion, one would cut $40 [billion], regardless of the final number it’s going to have a negative impact on our clients," Capital Area Food Bank CEO Han Perret said.
Also, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which increased food stamp benefits ends Nov. 1.
The holiday season is the food bank's busiest and most important time of year.