Nor can they suppress the wonderful generosity of the American people.
Whatever your politics, it’s a fact that the shut down of the federal government is having a real effect on the most vulnerable, in particular children and low income mothers, whose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits have been cut off (in other words, what used to called food stamps).
There are a lot of gardeners and farmers reading this site– please consider donating whatever produce you can spare to your local WIC (Women Infants Children) office for the duration of the shut down. These offices are usually county run, so they should be open during the shut down, but they won’t be distributing SNAP benefits, since that program is affected.
Incredibly, not only are the benefits not available, but all USDA websites, where you might be able to find a WIC office, have also been shut down (what the hell). To find your local office, google Women Infants Children [your state].