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Donnelly donates shutdown pay to 10 food banks

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Sen. Joe Donnelly has donated his take-home pay from the federal government shutdown to 10 food banks across Indiana.

The Indiana Democrat earned $5,000 in take-home pay for the 16-day period, so he wrote $500 checks Wednesday to food banks in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, New Albany, Richmond, South Bend, and Terre Haute.

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Donnelly says one charity, Feeding America, estimates more than 1 million Hoosiers last year were "food insecure," meaning they didn't always know where they'd find their next meal.

Donnelly donated money to United Caring Shelters in Evansville; Gleaners in Indianapolis, Lafayette's Food Finders Food Bank, Hope Southern Indiana in New Albany, Richmond's Circle U Help Center, Catholic Charities of Terre Haute; and regional food banks in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend.

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