The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.
The department says other USDA programmes are also funded through next month, including school lunches, food distribution programmes 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 SNAP contingency fund won't cover a full month of benefits. Nearly 40 million Americans are enrolled in the programme.
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