While lots of attention is being paid to the closure of national parks because of the federal government shutdown, another program faces less immediate — though, arguably, more critical — trouble if a resolution isn't found soon.
The farmers' market at Barrington Congregational Church accepts Fresh Bucks, coins that can be purchased with SNAP funds. It also has a table for EBT cards.
The shutdown had already made an impact on the program by today, Oct. 2 — the web page for the USDA, which administers the program, had a message that read: "Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available."
Congressional officials hinted that the shutdown may last for weeks if House Republicans continue to insist on including anti-Affordable Care Act language in a government funding bill — which Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly rejected — according to the Huffington Post.