Food bank to help furloughed Grand Canyon workers

10/8/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Arizona food bank is taking more than 600 food boxes to Grand Canyon National Park today for government and concession workers who have been furloughed from their jobs by the partial government shutdown.

The northern Arizona park is closed to visitors because of the partial shutdown.

St. Mary’s Food Bank says local aid agencies asked for help because many of the affected workers depend on each paycheck to provide food for their families

The food bank is trucking the food boxes from Phoenix to the small community of Tusayan near the canyon’s south rim, and then to a location inside the park.

Also today, some Tusayan business owners plan to conduct a protest against the park’s continued closure.