The partial shutdown of the federal government is endangering some of the nutrition programs millions of Americans need to get by. No new funds will be available for the Commodity Assistance Programs (CAP), which include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). While no new money will be coming in to those programs, the inventories they already have can still be used.
The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program is most at risk, with no legal authority for the UDSA to continue it as of October first. Individual states may have money to keep that assistance going for another week or so.
School Breakfast and School Lunch programs will continue operating this month, as will the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP).
SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as food stamps, is operating, and eligible households are receiving monthly benefits for October.
CFBNJ will work to bring you the latest information as the shutdown continues.