Just as the federal government came to a grinding halt, a bill responsible for feeding millions of Americans quietly expired. It is this Farm Bill, which contains funding for food stamps, known as the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
36 year-old and Paducah resident Aleatha Moore is one of those Americans.
With the possibility of a federal shutdown only hours away, government agencies have produced detailed contingency plans of how the shutdown would affect their operations as well as services in our listening area.
If Congress cannot pass a spending bill by midnight, most federal agencies will tell non-essential government employees to stay home on Tuesday. However, a few entities are considered essential programs and will continue to operate under mandatory spending.
The Kentucky agency that oversees the federal nutrition program, formally known as food stamps, is critical of a piece of Congressional legislation to cut billions of dollars from the program. In western Kentucky, more than 42,000 households in the 1st congressional district receive financial assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.
Kentucky Community Health Services Assistant Communication Director Gwenda Bond said any SNAP benefit reduction will hurt those using assistance to help meet their nutrition needs.