It’s day 21 of the partial government shutdown, and our country’s leaders still have not reached an agreement to reopen the government. This puts American families at risk of losing the critical nutrition assistance they need to thrive.
Tens of millions of Americans rely on programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch Program, and others. The lapse in funding endangers the nutrition and food security of both children and adults, ultimately threatening their longer-term health and wellbeing.
While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late Tuesday that they are working to provide continued funding for the major nutrition assistance programs through at least February, reopening the government is the only way to guarantee that American families receive the nutrition assistance they need going forward!
Today, we are leading 22 organizations in sending a letter to President Trump and our Congressional leaders urging them to end the partial government shutdown and put the nutrition of America’s children and families first. Read the letter here.