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With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump resolute in extending the shutdown until a border wall with Mexico is fully funded. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would enter February without a way to pay for school food programs. The partial shutdown of the federal government Dec. 22 has affected about 800,000 of the country’s 2.1 million federal workers. President Donald Trump declared Friday he could keep parts of the government shut down for “months or even years.” As he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve his demand for billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico . As the partial shutdown of the federal government continued into its 14th day Friday. Officials responsible for food pantries and school lunch programs ware watching in hopes that the dispute doesn’t go on for months. The shutdown has impacted numerous federal grant-based programs, including resources benefiting victims of domestic and sexual abuse. School lunches are one of them. Julie LaFontaine, executive director of The Open Door, which runs food pantries in Gloucester is hoping for a speedy resolution to the shutdown. “That would be good for all Americans.”