Government shutdown could impact food stamp users

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As the government shutdown enters its third week, there are growing concerns in Wisconsin for people who use government assistance to pay for food.

It seems local grocers are some of the unintended casualties of the government shutdown. Managers at area Metro Markets are feeling it firsthand when it comes to who they can hire.

One manager told our Milwaukee affiliate WISN-TV that the verification process to determine if someone can work in the country legally has slowed hiring.

Customers could be affected, too.

Anyone using EBT cards as payment under the SNAP and WIC government assistance programs only have benefits covered through the end of the month. On February 1, if the government is still shut down, that money may not be there.

According to a report out of Indiana, one grocery store was not able to accept EBT cards because of the government shutdown.

WISN-TV contacted store managers who referred them to the state Department of Family and Social Services. A spokesperson said it was an isolated case relative to that one store.

According to the state of Indiana, that store missed a deadline to update its own SNAP account with the federal government and because the government is shut down, a renewal can not be processed.

A manager at Metro Market in Wisconsin says customers have not been overly concerned about their EBT cards at this point. But the recommendation for those customers is to pay closer attention to their benefits.



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