After 3 weeks, the government shutdown continues, putting at risk millions of Americans who receive benefits from SNAP, the food stamp program. Currently, Congress has not allocated funding for SNAP beyond January, meaning recipients will lose support if the shutdown goes into February’”around 4.7 billion in SNAP benefits are dispersed every month. Other programs in danger: Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the WIC, supplemental nutrition for women and children.
- Who’s more to blame for the continued shutdown?
- Will the government have a budget by February?
The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s food stamp program — could have their assistance disrupted.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees SNAP at the federal level, is one of the agencies unfunded during the partial government shutdown. Although SNAP is automatically renewed, it has not been allocated funding from Congress beyond January. Congress has appropriated $3 billion in emergency funds for SNAP distribution, but that would not cover all of February’s obligations.
In September 2018, the last month for which data is available, $4.7 billion in SNAP benefits were disbursed throughout every state. If the shutdown continues through March, there will be no remaining funding for SNAP, endangering food security for millions of Americans.