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This government shutdown could stop food assistance after February. Trumps Administration has come up with a “plan” to ensure individuals who receive food assistance will get the for February even if the government remains shut down. After that, all bets are off.
According to Huffington Post, “The nations 30 million Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program enrollees will get their February benefits early – no later than Jan. 20, according to the plan announced Tuesday by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.”
Sonny Perdue told reporters, “We want to ensure states and SNAP recipients that the benefits for February will be provided.” He also said, the last government funding bill Congress passed, which expired December 21, gave him 20 days to issue the following month’s benefits, which will amount to nearly $5 billion overall. Sonny also did not make any promises for March.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture would still have $3 billion contingency funds that it might be able to use for benefits in March, Sonny did not offer any details about the agency’s plan for that month.
Source: Huff Post
Written By: Fantasia Nicole