Senator Al Franken has chosen to use his own salary to help people who rely on food programs make ends meet during the federal government shutdown.

The former SNL writer and performer will donate his income to Second Harvest Heartland, a hunger relief organization that works throughout Minnesota.

“Second Harvest Heartland is a great organization that works throughout Minnesota, providing vital assistance to families who would otherwise go hungry,” Franken said in a news release. “Just as I was prepared to do in 2011 when we faced a possible shutdown, I won’t be taking my salary. I believe that while the government is shut down, donating my salary to charity is the right thing to do, and I’m going to make sure that money goes toward helping people who might be badly affected by the shut down.”

To learn more about how you can help people suffering from hunger in your area during the shutdown, visit the Feeding America website.


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