Consequences of the government shutdown reach far and wide. Programs such as SNAP and WIC are funded, but only through the end of February.
Senator Tina Smith says:
“Snap Benefits are in an emergency way going to continue until February, but that’s 40 million Americans that run the risk of losing that food assistance if we don’t get this shutdown figured out”
Shaye Moris, the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank wants to make sure you know that they’re prepped and ready for any crisis, including this government shutdown.
Shaye Moris, Executive Director says:
“Right now we’re positioned with a higher level of food which is a great thing, so we’ll continue to work with state partners or others nationally to make sure that we have enough food resources to meet any gap or increase in demand.”
They’ve already had a few inquiries about food being available to those who have gone without paychecks.
“Spring is going to be important to how the story unfolds so we hope to be prepared to assist people beyond those dates regardless of what happens,” says Shaye Moris.
If you’re looking for a way to help:
Shaye advises that you: “I think advocate for the government to get to work, to start up again, to really get things moving forward so that people in our community don’t have to go hungry and they have access to resources that they need.”