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SNAP Funding Will Continue Through February

January 10, 2019 05:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Ten thousand people in Olmsted County Qualify for SNAP funding.

"SNAP funding is a federal benefit that you can apply for, mainly for low-income folks, and it adds a little extra money per month that you can use to buy healthy food. SNAP is the supplemental nutrition assistance program," said Jess Joyce, market manager for the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market.

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In Olmsted County, $8.7 million a year goes to this program. With the partial government shutdown, some wondered if this resource would still be available.

"The government's shutdown is something we are keeping a close eye on. We've been assured that there is no immediate impact to SNAP funding," said Joyce.

She has been keeping an eye on this issue because the farmers market has a food benefit program. 

"At the farmers market, your snap dollars are worth two dollars per dollar," she said.

Federal funding will continue through February, but there is not yet a plan in place for March.

Even though SNAP funds are in place for now, Jessica Sund with Channel One Food Bank said the shutdown could have other impacts.

"One thing we have seen is maybe an increase in need. Nearly 1,600 workers are furloughed or not working at all, and we may see an influx in trying to serve those people that would otherwise not need our assistance," said Sund.

At Channel One, the qualification to receive food assistance is based on household income for the week, not the full year.

"I think that people who would think they would never need our services are finding themselves in a situation where they might need to ask for help," said Sund. "We're here for absolutely everyone in our community when they fall io hard times."

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