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

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

Guests:

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