Government shutdown forcing agencies to rethink what they do

As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, more and more agencies that depend on federal funds are beginning to get a little more nervous.

The executive director of the Hannibal Nutrition Center is ready to call a board meeting to discuss contingency plans if the funding gets cut off.

Debbie Catlett has been at the Hannibal Nutrition Center for more than two decades. She said the government shutdown could have a drastic impact on what the center provides to the community and she has some harsh words for the politicians in Washington D.C.

"Do what's best for this country and not what's best for your party," Catlett said.

The Nutrition Center prepares about 700 meals a day. Catlett said they need about $80,000 a month to keep the doors open the meals flowing. Right now, she depends on a variety of funding to make sure those who need the meals get them.

"It's been harder to raise funds and the grants have been less. Donations have been less because the economy is worse." Catlett said.

Catlett also said she plans to call a nutrition center board meeting within the next 10 days to develop a contingency plan in response to what might happen by the end of the month.

"Well, we will talk about prioritizing the meal service. What's going to happen if our funding is cut and reduced. What we're going to do and how we're going to prioritize. Who needs meals the worst. And then we will be serving those people and just trying to keep or doors open," Catlett said.

Catlett said they have some reserve money, but she hopes they won't have to wipe that out to make sure people don't go hungry in the coming months.