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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The 10-day-old partial government shutting down is sending hundreds of young children home hungry. The Powerlines Community Network operates daycares across the Mid-South.

Powerlines provides snacks to young children from families in need. Those snacks stopped when Washington, D.C., shut down Oct. 1 over a budget impasse.

The snacks don't seem like much but to a hungry child they can make the difference between learning and being irritable. Powerlines says it can't afford to feed these children so it is turning to the public For help with donations.

Every weekday 10-year-old Sabriya attends a daycare center at Autumn Ridge Apartments. She and other youngsters play with art and work on homework.

"I like that you can hang out with my friends and we can still do things safely and have fun," she said.

Art supplies are plentiful but food in the kitchen doesn't exist anymore. Hot and cold meals and snacks to feed these youngsters stopped Oct. 1, leaving children confused, hungry and struggling to focus.

"I got distracted a lot," Sabriya  said.

"The government shutdown has caused Building Futures, which is funded by USDA, not to serve the agencies that they normally serve," said Twana Whitlock, Powerline Community Network. "That has hurt us because we can not give our kids in our community the hot meal that we would normally do."

For single parent Eulicia Green it means her three children have to wait for hours until she comes home from work to eat.

"They come home they are hungry, they are irritable, they are agitated," Green said.

Powerlines is turning to Memphis for help. It is asking for donations of food to be dropped off at Agape Child and Family Services Office at 111 Racine St. They need juice, bottled water and healthy snack such as fruit cups, snack foods, applesauce, popcorn and other items.

"We want to give them what they need," Whitlock said. "We want to make sure our kids are not going hungry."

An urgent plea for to fill the mouths of young growing minds.

"We have no snacks," Whitlock said. "We have nothing.  We know that Memphis is a city with a wealth of services so we are looking for the community to step up and help us out."

Donations are being accepted at Agape Memphis

  • Juice
  • Water bottles
  • Healthy snacks such as:
    o   Chex mix
    o   Nutri-grain bars
    o   Fruit cups
    o   Non-perishable snack foods
    •         Applesauce
    •         Popcorn

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