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What did the shutdown tell us about the hidden needs in our communities?

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss what resources are available for Americans facing a a housing, money or food crisis.

During the government shutdown, government workers going without pay turned to food banks for support. But furloughed workers are not the only Americans for whom missing a paycheck is a serious emergency: Forty percent can’t afford an unexpected $400 expense. What did the shutdown tell us about the immense need in our communities, and what services are available?


Sean Brooks, Executive Director of Programming at the San Francisco - Marin Food Bank

Ellen Hammerle, Vice President of Client Services at Catholic Charities of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo

Web Resources:

CNBC: The government shutdown spotlights a bigger issue: 78% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck

CNN: Federal employees turn to food banks to feed their families during shutdown

Forbes: 40% Of Americans Can't Pay $400 Emergency Expense