Food Banks Call Senator Manchin a True Mountaineer After Donating Salary

West Virginia

UPDATE (1/9/19):

After Senator Joe Manchin’s announcement yesterday to donate his salary from the partial government shutdown, food banks in the Capitol City now deeming him a “true Mountaineer.”

In Manchin’s original statement, he is doing this because he is upset for families greatly affected from the standoff. Come this Friday,the shutdown will hit its three-week mark.

He said families who rely of food assistance programs will be critically affected.

“Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the table. This is unacceptable,” said Manchin.

Executive Director of Mountain Mission, John Roberts said, “there are so many people across West Virginia that are going to be negatively effected and if we can be a part of the reaching out of the helping hand, that warms my heart to make sure we can be that positive influence, and with Senator Manchin doing what he’s doing, he is truly being a mountaineer and he is truly sharing back with the people that he represents.”

A list of food banks that will benefit from Senator Manchin’s donated salary has not been released yet, nor has the grand total of his salary he’s gained during this partial government shutdown.


ORIGINAL (1/8/19):

CLARKSBURG, WV (WBOY) – United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced on Tuesday that he will donate the salary he receives during the government shutdown to food banks across West Virginia.

Manchin previously released a statement detailing how the recent government shutdown has affected West Virginia, including the 18,000 federal employees in the state. 

“If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid. As a result of this reckless shutdown, 340,000 West Virginians who depend on food stamps will go without that critical assistance. Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the table. This is unacceptable. In West Virginia, we look out for one another and I know food banks across the state will be doing their best to fill this void. I applaud them for always stepping up to serve their communities,” Senator Manchin said.

During the 2013 government shutdown, Senator Manchin donated his salary to the West Virginia charity Save the Children.

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