How the government shutdown will affect food assistance programs - CBS46 News

How the government shutdown will affect food assistance programs

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Georgia's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which operates on federal money, is operating on reserve funds, after a government shutdown cut off funds to many federal programs.

Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health, said the program would run "business as usual." Nydam was not able to say how long those emergency funds could last.

She said there are nearly 286,000 people on the program in Georgia, and the state's number of clientele is the fifth highest in the nation.

Meanwhile, another food assistance program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), sometimes known as food stamps, will continue, at least through October, despite the shutdown.

Federal websites are not available for the SNAP program, but state websites are. Ravae Graham, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Human Services, said that anyone who has already been approved to receive benefits for the month of October through SNAP will receive them.

Graham said federal funds are available for benefits and eligibility, but not for training or employment programs.

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