DelBene Volunteers at Food Lifeline to Highlight Impact of Government Shutdown on Local Families
Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene volunteered at Food Lifeline in Seattle in response to the government shutdown’s long-ranging effects on Washington state and the nation. She discussed the shutdown’s impact on Washingtonians and sorted food that is distributed to food banks across the region. January 21st marks a full month since the partial government shutdown began.
“We are now fast approaching the second paycheck federal workers will miss because of the shutdown. It’s left families and small businesses across our state in limbo as they try to pay the mortgage, pay for gas, and even pay for groceries. Food Lifeline serves as a critical resource for communities throughout Washington. It was inspiring to join so many volunteers at Food Lifeline on this Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also supporting those being harmed by the shutdown,” said Rep. DelBene.
Since the shutdown began in December 2018, DelBene has voted to reopen the government eight times. She recently met with Tethers Unlimited in Bothell, which was forced to lay off 20 percent of its workforce in part because of the shutdown.