Recreation

Hope you are not near those closed recreation locations. All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo in Washington. Visitors using overnight campgrounds or other park facilities would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park. Among the visitor centers that would be closed: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Alcatraz Island near San Francisco. “Even two days of a shutdown would destroy tourism all over the country.” – So you can image how much it would affect the restaurants and fast food stores near those recreations locations.

Food Safety

You may ask this question: Will people inspect my restaurants? The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls, but would suspend most routine safety inspections. Federal meat inspections would be expected to proceed as usual. Because restaurant inspections are funded by state government budgets and will remain unaffected.

Food Assistance

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, could shut down. The program provides supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for pregnant women, mothers and their children. School lunches and breakfasts would continue to be served, and food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.

Business Loans Halted

For restauranteurs looking to debut or grow, federal loans will be halted during a shutdown. Action on government-backed loans to small businesses would be suspended. Small business owners seeking a loan from the government will have to wait.

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How Government Shutdown Would Affect Food Industry
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How Government Shutdown Would Affect Food Industry
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So it happened. The government shut down last night after Congress was unable to come to an agreement on a funding bill. Lots of local businesses are looking to ease the pain of a government shutdown by offering a plethora of giveaways and deep discounts on food, drinks and services. In the same time, make sure you know all the impact to your food service business.
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