Donnelly Donates Pay to Ten Indiana Food Banks

Joe Donnelly
Senator Joe Donnelly
Ten food banks across Indiana received a monetary gift from Senator Joe Donnelly on Wednesday.

Donnelly donated his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown to the ten food banks in Indiana. The ten food banks each received a $500 gift from Donnelly.

Senator Donnelly refused to take the salary he received during the shutdown. This action by the federal government had a direct affect on families all over the state as well as businesses and the country’s economy.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana in South Bend and the Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette were two of the ten food banks that profited from this action.

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County Government Not Affected By Shutdown, Says Norem

Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem
Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem
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Norem said the county mostly receives funds from property taxes, and that stream of revenue has not been interrupted.

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