Food Bank Helps Bridgeport Head Start Program
For the first time since the government shutdown the 1245 children who attend the Head Start program at Action for Bridgeport Community Development received food.
"It was wonderful," said Melanie Rhodes. "It's a life saver."
On Monday Rhodes picked up groceries for her four year old son. Normally he gets two meals a day at ABCD but because of the stalemate in Washington it's been closed. The Connecticut Food Bank stepped in donating 17,000 food items such as fresh fruit, milk, soup and other food.
"On Friday we sent over enough food for a couple of days for each child enrolled in the program," said Mary Ingarra from the Connecticut Food Bank.
The past week has not been easy for the families or for the people who run the Head Start program.
"If it goes any longer I'm not sure what we're gonna do," said Monette Ferguson of ABCD.
With no end in sight to the shutdown the frustration is growing for parents who are just trying to take care of their kids.
"We wish that we could point the finger at somebody out here but we can't," said Rhodes. "We have to do what we have to do to take care of our family."