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As Government Shutdown Persists, Americans Feel the Bite (with excerpt below about impact on SNAP benefits)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

As Government Shutdown Persists, Americans Feel the Bite

Here is an excerpt about the impact on federally-funded food assistance under SNAP:

The biggest and most far-reaching effect of the shutdown looms on Feb. 1. Trump administration officials say that funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which provides food benefits for about 40 million people, will run out of cash by the end of the month. The Agriculture Department has not made it clear how long it will be able to fund the program, which costs about $4.7 billion a month, but estimates by anti-hunger groups put the department’s reserves at $3 billion to $5 billion, meaning funding is more likely to completely run out in February or March.

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