We are now in day 26 of the longest government shutdown in history and now the federal closure is starting to affect people who may use their programs.
It was recently announced that those who benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, may have to find a new way to get food.
Low income families who use the SNAP recieve a monthly check to aid them in their meal expenses, but with the government idle that money is coming to a halt.
Families have already recieved their January check, and they will recieve their February check on Sunday. But as for right now, there are no guarantees that there will be a March check.
To combat this, the Salvation Army in the Twin Cities says they are doing all that they can to prepare for the month of March.
“We have seen some increase already in use of the food pantry,” said Development Director, Angie Bubon. “It’s just learning how to adapt in these situations and continuing to want to help as many people as possible in whatever way we can.”
The salvation army will be open Monday through Thursday from 1 – 4pm.
Those looking to help them by way of donation can visit 611 West Washington Street in Bloomington or call (309) 829-9476.