8, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. The Grand Canyon remains closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown. Photo: Matt York Students from Prescott College pose for a self-timed photograph at… Government shutdown protesters walk to the Grand Canyon National Park entrance, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. The Grand Canyon remains closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown. Photo: Matt York Government shutdown protesters walk to the Grand Canyon National… Font Page 1 of 1 TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) One hotel worker was called and told not to come to work. Another has seen a slowing pace of rooms needing to be cleaned. And a hotel manager has decided to shut down after renting out one room on what normally would be a busy October night. Business leaders in Tusayan (too-say-ahn), just outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance pleaded with the federal government Tuesday to reopen the park that is the lifeline of the tiny town. Meanwhile, an Arizona food bank delivered hundreds of boxes to help out concession and government workers who have been furloughed from their jobs or had their hours cut.

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Arizona food bank to help Grand Canyon workers furloughed by partial government shutdown

An artisan gives finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 8, 2013. The effigies are burnt during the festival which commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

CAPTION By Associated Press, TUSAYAN, Ariz. One hotel worker was called and told not to come to work. Another has seen a slowing pace of rooms needing to be cleaned. And a hotel manager has decided to shut down after renting out one room on what normally would be a busy October night. Business leaders in Tusayan (too-say-ahn), just outside the Grand Canyons South Rim entrance pleaded with the federal government Tuesday to reopen the park that is the lifeline of the tiny town. Meanwhile, an Arizona food bank delivered hundreds of boxes to help out concession and government workers who have been furloughed from their jobs or had their hours cut. Mondays photos of the day Its definitely going to affect my paycheck, said Louise Mendoza, a hotel room inspector who picked up a box of nonperishable food at the local fire station. Its really hard because we have only a few to do every day, and the hours are short. The pastor of a church inside the park reached out to Phoenix-based St. Marys Food Bank for help after he realized he couldnt meet the needs of people with donations he distributes out of his garage. The Rev. Patrick Dotson said many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families. Its a great turnout, he said Tuesday afternoon. Were really thankful people are coming, the word is spreading and people are getting the help they need. About 4.5 million tourists from around the world visit the Grand Canyon each year, pouring an estimated $1.3 million a day into nearby communities. The National Park Service said 2,200 federal and private employees who work in the park are on furlough and that the park will remain closed until the government reopens.