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Rio's hungry are hit by crisis as busy soup kitchens close

  • People have lunch at the Central do Brasil soup kitchen, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 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. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the summer olympic games slated to begin Aug. 5.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    People have lunch at the Central do Brasil soup kitchen, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 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. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the summer olympic games slated to begin Aug. 5.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly woman cries after finding out that Central do Brasil soup kitchen will be closed, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 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. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the summer olympic games slated to begin Aug. 5.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    An elderly woman cries after finding out that Central do Brasil soup kitchen will be closed, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 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. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the summer olympic games slated to begin Aug. 5.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A sign that reads in Portuguese "To the clients, we inform that today we will closed our activities on 30/16" hangs at the door of the Central do Brasil soup kitchen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 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. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the summer olympic games slated to begin Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    A sign that reads in Portuguese "To the clients, we inform that today we will closed our activities on 30/16" hangs at the door of the Central do Brasil soup kitchen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 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. It's the latest fallout from a financial crisis that is also fueling worries about security and public transportation during the summer olympic games slated to begin Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)  (The Associated Press)

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.