Food stamps threatened during government shutdown

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Millions of Americans who receive benefits from the nation’s food stamp program could have their assistance disrupted, if the government is not reopened before February.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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.

Also in jeopardy is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

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