HuffPost recently shared a report on the drastic cut of federal employees who oversee federal food stamps. The cuts are as a direct result of the government shutdown and have left a staff remaining of only 5% of the overall population of workers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided a summary breakdown that reveals how The Food Nutrition and Consumer Services resources are currently dwindling. Currently, the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will remain available until January, however, both the Child Nutrition Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants and Children will probably see its last day in February.
The fear is that the future of the programs are uncertain, especially as the government shutdown continues. Not everyone sees this as something in which to be immediately alarmed. Secretary Sonny Perdue continues to calm nerves by stating there is no need for concern. “During a shutdown, we will leverage our existing resources as best we can to continue to provide the top-notch service people expect,” Perdue said in a statement.