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USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February

AP  |  Washington 

The says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.

is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before January 20 so they can be paid on time. is already fully funded for January.

The department says other programmes are also funded through next month, including school lunches, on Indian reservations and child nutrition programs. The latter includes WIC, which provides nutritional assistance to pregnant women, mothers and babies.

If the shutdown lasts until March, the USDA's USD 3 billion contingency fund won't cover a full month of benefits. Nearly 40 million Americans are enrolled in the programme.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:45 IST