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Government Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government is heading toward its fourth week, making it the longest shutdown in U.S. history and leaving over 800,000 federal workers, including nearly 29,000 living in Wisconsin, furloughed or working without pay. We are concerned on two fronts about a prolonged government shutdown. The first, of course, is that 29,000 federal employees living in Wisconsin, working hard and playing by the rules, are currently not receiving paychecks. While the government is shutdown, the need for food or the need to pay the mortgage or the car payment does not. The challenges and uncertainties that these federal workers are now facing are just like the challenges that many other of our friends and neighbors face when they are not earning enough money or working enough hours due to no fault of their own.

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FoodShare During the Shutdown

The good news is that USDA recently announced that it would pay February FoodShare benefits! The bad news is that we don't know a whole lot more about what happens after that. In the meantime, here's what we do know about FoodShare benefits during the shutdown.

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We passed the Farm Bill!

After two years of consideration, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Conference Report for the 2018 Farm Bill. This means we passed a Farm Bill that protects SNAP, fights hunger, and strengthens rural communities! The president is expected to sign the bill into law next week.

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Proposed Changes to SNAP in FY 19 Budget Proposal

The Administration released its Fiscal Year 19 budget proposal, which aims to change how SNAP (FoodShare in Wisconsin works). Learn more about the proposal and how you can add your name to our petition asking the White House and Members of Congress to strengthen SNAP, not weaken it.

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Increased funding for federal food programs in FY 17

There was a flurry of legislative actions in DC at the beginning of May. Some of the bills that were passed would help increase our ability to fight hunger in our state and another bill that was passed could increase the tough choices that many of our clients make between paying for food or healthcare.

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