RIO DE JANEIRO – Some of Rio de Janeiro's busy soup kitchens are shutting down because the cash-strapped state has failed to pay suppliers that serve cheap meals to the poor.
The closing down of the government-run centers was announced by state officials on Thursday. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the Summer Games slated to begin Aug. 5.
The Rio de Janeiro State Social Service Department says that besides the three soup kitchens, breakfast services will also be dropped at five other meal centers.
The welfare agency says the food supplier has not received any payment for more than a year and is owed about $7.5 million.