Government Shutdown Could Affect Alabama Food Stamp Recipients

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The federal government shutdown has now moved into day 13, but if it’s not resolved soon, it could leave a lot of Alabamians hungry.

Alabama currently has just over 800,000 food insecure people, and many of them rely on food assistance.

Richard Deem, CEO of Montgomery area food bank says one of the first groups of people the government shutdown will affect are the SNAP applicants, and that it is important for the government to do the peoples business.

Deem say they’re ready to step up if needed.

The USDA which oversees food stamps says recipients will receive benefits in January.

Brandon Hardin  with Alabama’s food assistance division says right now it’s business as usual.

Hardin say they expect to get additional guidance at the end of January, and will notify the public when they get that guidance.

Feeding America food banks tell us they stand at the ready to help if needed.

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