COHOES, N.Y. -- "We have some meatballs, too, would you like some of those?" asked Josh Moskowitz. He works for Albany Community Action Program as its Cohoes program director.
Larry answered yes, saying, "My son, he loves spaghetti." So it'll be a dinner for two made possible thanks to the food pantry in Cohoes.
"I come every month," said Larry.
Larry asked that his face not be shown on television.
"I'm trying to get disability," he said. "I'm not working. Without this food pantry, I wouldn't have any means of eating or supporting myself."
So the possibility of ACAP having to close the pantry's doors, "it's selfish of the government," Larry said. "They're not thinking about the people."
Monday marks day seven of the partial government shutdown. Moskowitz says come the end of October, they may not have the money to keep the pantry open.
"Obviously scary," he said. "We all operate on such a small budget to begin with, and at the same time, we've also seen a dramatic uptick in the amount of customers seeking assistance. Two or three years ago, our pantry was averaging about 125-140 families a month that we were assisting. Last month, we served 215 families."
Tood pantry isn't the only service in jeopardy. If the shutdown continues, Moskowitz says their Dress for Success program may also be impacted.
"We will definitely work hard to look for alternative resources to make sure that doesn't happen," said Neenah Bland. She's the director for ACAP's Community and Career Services Programs.
But right now, all that's keeping Larry fed is the $10,000 ACAP has left from last year's budget.
"I'd have to go to a soup kitchen or something like that," said Larry. "The government should be ashamed of themselves."
The last time there was a government shutdown was 17 years ago. That lasted 21 days.