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From a hunger perspective, the end of the shutdown is good news. The agreement ensures that federal employees will return to work and receive back pay, and SNAP benefits will be funded at least through April.
But even though the shutdown has ended, consequences will continue. Oregon SNAP participants received their February benefits on January 18, meaning their March benefits won’t be issued until March 1-9. That could be a gap of up to 50 days for some households.
The shutdown highlighted a few things worth repeating.
SNAP remains the first line of defense against hunger in the U.S. (helping almost 40 million people—mostly seniors, veterans, children, and people with disabilities) and the charitable hunger-relief system cannot make up for cuts to (or the loss of) the program.
Millions of Americans truly remain “one paycheck away” from needing assistance to make ends meet.
Oregonians cared about the shutdown’s impact on people’s ability to have enough to eat. Almost 2,200 Oregon Food Bank supporters signed a letter to Sen. McConnell, urging him to take steps to re-open the government.
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Information below is updated as of 01/28/2019