USDA Plans to Keep SNAP Solvent During Shutdown
January 9, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) With concerns about the government shutdown growing, many programs like “food stamps” could run out of money by the end of the month. RFD-TV’s Sarah Mock reports the USDA has an answer for that. While the USDA remains shuttered, the fate of the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), which helps feed more than 40 million hungry Americans, remains in limbo. At least three billion additional dollars may be available in a reserve emergency fund that the USDA could use to keep the SNAP program solvent, but what authority they have to use it is unclear. Under the provision that allows USDA to fund the program, SNAP benefits will be provided on, or before January 20th for the month of February.