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Donnelly Donates Shutdown Pay to Ten Hoosier Food Banks

November 20, 2013

  11/21/13 Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Wednesday donated his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown, worth $5,000, to ten food banks across Indiana. Donnelly refused to take the salary he received while partisan gridlock had shut down the government, hurting Hoosier families and businesses, as well as our entire country’s economy.


“While too many Hoosiers are still looking for work and trying to put food on the table, partisan gridlock in Washington shut down our government, hurting our state’s and nation’s economies,” said Donnelly.  “This was irresponsible and shameful—Congress creating problems for our economy instead of solving them–so I thought it was inappropriate for me to take my paycheck for this time.”

Donnelly wrote checks for $500 to ten food banks across the state.  He donated funds in Evansville to United Caring Shelters, in Fort Wayne to the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, in Gary to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, in Indianapolis to Gleaners, in Lafayette to the Food Finders Food Bank, in Muncie to the Second Harvest Food Bank, in New Albany to Hope Southern Indiana, in Richmond to the Circle U Help Center, in South Bend to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and in Terre Haute to the Catholic Charities of Terre Haute.


According to Feeding America, last year, over one million Hoosiers were “food insecure,” meaning they did not always know where they would find their next meal.


3 Responses to “ Donnelly Donates Shutdown Pay to Ten Hoosier Food Banks ”

  1. Thor on November 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm


    Your are right, a token offering is insufficient for the man who voted for this in the House and voted to maintain it in the Senate. This massive, fraudulent waste of money is his own.

  2. sjengel on November 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

    First off, it was the Obama administration & the senate democrats, of which Donnelly is a proud member, that shut down the government. Second, the reason for the confrontation to begin with was to defund or at least delay the implimentation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which Donnelly voted for as a member of the house, as initiated by republicans. Seems to me that “Senator” Donnelly owes Indiana a hell of alot more than a pultry $5,ooo to Indiana for those who have had their insurance policies cancelled or who’s premiums have skyrocketed. Hard to believe anybody this dumb can be a United States Senator.

  3. AnnF on November 21, 2013 at 1:47 am

    What an honorable thing to do. Thank you, Senator Donelly. I’d be interested in what the other local senators and congress men/women did with their pay.