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Programs to feed children among many impacted by shutdown

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From nonprofits to the military, we continue to learn more about the far-reaching impact of the government shutdown, including possible cuts to nonprofit programs that help the most vulnerable.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program pays for a lot of nonprofit food outreaches, like those at the Boys and Girls Clubs and Head Start.

The funding could run out in 10 weeks, and that has a lot of groups searching for a plan B.

While that could be weeks away in most cases, many people are feeling frustrated now.

With signs and patience, picketers stood near Fort Campbell on Wednesday, demanding a resolution to the shutdown in Washington.

"The line in the sand has been drawn, and we're the fallout from that line," said Judy Hansford, with the AFGE Local 2022.

The union represents many of the workers at Fort Campbell, where the shutdown sparked immediate furloughs and fears of delayed paychecks.

Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, defended the fight in Congress as much more than an issue of healthcare.

"We cannot continue to borrow $2 to $3 billion a day just to keep the doors open. And it is imperative that we put the issues that are causing the escalation in federal spending on the table so we can address them," she said.

Even though the government is shut down, some people are getting paid, including the very members of Congress who can't agree on how to get government running again.

In light of the shutdown, however, many are giving up their salaries and donating the money to charities.

That includes local representatives Jim Cooper, D-TN, and Diane Black, R-TN.

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