Some residents of northeast Indiana might want to give thanks for the partial federal government shutdown in October.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., gave a check for $500 to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana on Tuesday afternoon. In all, Donnelly donated $5,000 to Indiana food banks this week.
The money represented his take-home pay for the 16 days the government shut down while Congress negotiated a deal to extend expired appropriations into fiscal 2014, which began Oct. 1.
Flanked by bins of fresh produce in the Community Harvest warehouse, Donnelly said the Tillman Road food bank “is truly a place where lives are changed, where a difference is made.”
He added: “I just wanted to chip in a little bit.… Hopefully it will help a little.”
Asked how the food bank would spend the money, Community Harvest Executive Director Jane Avery said, “It’s got turkey written all over it.”
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