The government has reopened until at least February 15, 2019, but there are still significant concerns about the shutdown’s lingering effects. Federal workers are waiting for backpay, federal contract employees have lost income, and food stamp (SNAP) recipients are worried. As the state’s largest hunger relief organization and largest distributor of free food assistance, The Idaho Foodbank’s increase in food distribution will provide for an additional 266,000 meals starting this week and extending into early March.
Even though the government shutdown has ended, The Idaho Foodbank still anticipates a need during the next few weeks from federal employees affected by the shutdown. Source: KIVI Pocatello
Even though the government is opened temporarily, the shutdown will have lasting effects and uncertainty continues. While the government works towards a solution, many hard-working Idahoans are facing situations they never imagined.
While The Idaho Foodbank has not yet directly been impacted by the government shutdown, this could change in the coming weeks when SNAP benefits run out.
LEWISTON, ID (KLEW) — The longer the government shutdown goes on, the more people could be left wondering about where their next meal is coming from.
SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, is a federal government run program, and leading up to this week some families were unsure how they would feed their families without the additional help.