PA budget deadlock affecting Sharon food bank

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SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Thousands of people living in the Shenango Valley depend on the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.

But, since lawmakers and the governor haven’t come to an agreement on the state budget, the places helping people in need may need help themselves.

Mimi Prada says the Food Warehouse has been digging into its financial reserve.

Their reserve is about to run dry, which means, the food bank isn’t sure where it’ll get money to feed people in need.

“That’s a scary thought, and I really don’t have an answer,” Prada said. “I know a lot of food banks are taking out loans.”

Events like the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Salvation Army could be impacted by the budget impasse if it continues much longer.

Captain Michael Jung says they’ll do whatever it takes to put food on the table for people in Mercer County.

“We’re not going to let the people down. It’s a hard thing but we have to face that obstacle,” Jung said.

Jung said the Mercer County branch of the Salvation Army will have to do what a lot of other organization have done and dip into their reserves to provide services for people.

“If state money doesn’t come through and the foodbank can’t provide food then we’ll have to dip into our own resources,” Jung said.

Right now the organizations across Pennsylvania are stuck in the middle of a political battle in Harrisburg.

An agreement on the budget was expected earlier this week, but that agreement never came.

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