Government shutdown could impact food assistance programs, Lowcountry Food Bank

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The government shutdown may impact millions of people who receive food assistance, including those living here in the Lowcountry.

Experts say funding is set to run out next month for food stamps, school meals and nutrition for pregnant women and children.

The Lowcountry Food Bank says if those benefits are taken away it will impact how much food they give.

That food comes from local retailers and the Emergency Food Assistance Program which is funded through March.

“As far as our community goes, we will be here to serve as much as we can to fill that gap but it’s not something we can sustain on the long term without the support of the government agencies,” Barbara Miller, agency relations coordinator with Lowcountry Food Bank.

A $3 billion emergency fund is available for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Covering all of February’s benefits could cost $5 billion.

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