MADISON (WKOW) -- Some state and local agencies that rely on federal funding are still calculating the effects of the shutdown here in Wisconsin.
Many group leaders have told 27 News they're doing alright at this time, but their funding is dependent on how long the government remains shutdown.
The Community Action Coalition provides approximately $500,000 in federally-funded food to a network of food pantries across Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties.
Officials say the warehouse is stocked for the months of October and November, but if the shutdown continues for several weeks, the December shipment is at risk.
"What we don't know yet is how the transportation costs are going to be covered, so we're trying to be creative," says Executive Director Greta Hansen. "Those are very important food items that are really great staples for people who come to pantries and the pantries rely on those foods as well, so their inventory is going to be affected if this goes on a long time and they'll be scrambling on a local basis."
Hansen says the good news is funding for the homeless programs through CAC will still continue, but she wonders if some federal workers living paycheck to paycheck may need more of CAC's services without any money coming in.
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