Nightly News   |  October 04, 2013

Shutdown hits families hard

From paychecks to childcare, money and services have been brought to a grinding halt. And fewer FDA inspectors means higher prices -- which could make an impact in the grocery store. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> good evening. both sides in washington can end the standoff and stop this government shutdown any time they please. but instead, as one veteran former member of congress put it today -- this country is hurting as we head into this weekend. while this has been caused by washington, the impact has spread across america throughout this country. in a moment the prospects for a solution to this any time soon. first tonight how this government, closed for business, is hitting hard for so many. we begin with nbc's miguel almaguer.

>> reporter: in talladega, alabama, wendy robinson has been furloughed. a single mom with three mouths to feed, today she got her last paycheck. robinson blames congress.

>> i do think that it is nonsense. they need to get their acts together.

>> reporter: a teacher in the government-funded head start program, robinson also lost her child care and has no savings.

>> i'm at a loss for words really about it. i'm not used to not giving my kids a christmas.

>> reporter: in oaklawn, illinois this center is offering discounts on formula and will soon run out of money.

>> i do not think that congress is even thinking about the little people like us.

>> reporter: single mother of three, rebecca warpowski is worried and unemployed.

>> i need these programs to help me survive.

>> reporter: at the feeding south florida distribution center , shelves aren't empty yet. but the usda sent out its last shipment of supplies yesterday. for more than 200 food banks across the country, when shelves go bare, people will go hungry.

>> reporter: experts say if the government shutdown lasts a few more days or a few weeks longer it is going to affect us all, hitting us right here in the grocery store . the fda which checks fruits and vegetables for quality and safety has furloughed nearly half its workforce and cancelled routine inspections.

>> the consumer may see prices rise if things cannot be imported because inspections aren't being done. there may be less of a choice in the grocery store .

>> reporter: fewer inspectors means higher prices.

>> puts me and my family at risk if the fruits and vegetables ant being inspected. if the price increase s as well it's a strain on our budget.

>> reporter: the impact b in the grocery store could be next. but many families are feeling the pain now. miguel almaguer, nbc news, pomona, california.