The longer the government shutdown goes on, the greater the chances it will impact the ability of millions of people to feed their families.
The government shutdown could affect the ability of more than 38 million Americans to feed their families.
Thirty-eight million people take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the SNAP program is funded through January but it only has $3 billion in reserves to cover the month of February.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, If the reserve were distributed evenly, that would translate into a $90 cut for 19.4 million households that normally receive $245 a month.
SNAP has yet to release a plan of action if those reserves run out. One Chicopee woman worries about the children who could be impacted.
“I’m very opposed to it there’s a lot of people who to take care of their kids and their’s a lot of people who have to provide for them so I don’t like it at all,” Chicopee resident Asia Fouse said.
If SNAP benefits run out, then many Americans will look to food banks which normally see donations drop off after the holidays.
We left messages for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and we are still waiting to hear back.
Federal officials are working with state agencies to see what money might be available for reallocation.