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.