HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Since October 1, the day the federal government shutdown began, the Roberta Webb Child Care Center hasn't received any money and there is no guarantee that the federal funds will continue after the shutdown is over.
The center feeds its students breakfast, lunch and two snacks and was receiving about $2,500 a month to help with the cost of food.
Without federal funds, the preschool has been relying on the community for help.
"We have a great community base. We are in the community, for the community, by the community. Yesterday, I came into work, I'm not sure how I'm going to get the groceries for next week and a church calls me right out of the blue and says, hey, what do you need?" said Angela Lawson, the director at the center.
Lawson said the nutrition program is important for these kids to maintain healthy lives.
"We do follow the USDA guidelines and another important part of that is these children learning those healthy eating habits, teaching them proper manners while eating but also to instill in them, let's have fruit instead of a cupcake for dessert. So those type of things are very important," said Lawson
The center also has a fundraiser planned.
On October 19, the center will be hosting a Guinness Book of World Records feat at JMU.
The community will be invited out to help achieve the most amount of people doing The Hokey Pokey while hula-hooping.