September 16, 2014
TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona food bank has delivered more than 600 food boxes to Grand Canyon National Park and a gateway community to help out government and concession workers who have been furloughed from their jobs.
The Grand Canyon is closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown.
The pastor of a church inside the park reached out to Phoenix-based St. Mary's Food Bank for help. The Rev. Patrick Dotson says many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families.
The food bank trucked the boxes from Phoenix to the small community of Tusayan near the canyon's South Rim and then inside the park.
Tusayan business owners also held a protest Tuesday against the Grand Canyon's continued closure.
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