Partial government shutdown continues, SNAP participants worry

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Roughly 40 million Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to feed their families.

But with the partial government shutdown sliding into its third week and with no end in sight, some people in Rapid City wonder what will happen if the program does come to a halt.

Crystal Yellow Eagle is a single mom with three children.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Monday it would keep SNAP available through February, but for people like Yellow Eagle who depend on the government assistance program to put food on the table, she's worried what might happen if the government shutdown lasts even longer.

Crystal Yellow Eagle says, "It would impact us drastically. Being unemployed, we would have no food. It would be really hard for us to get by on a day to day, daily basis. Having no SNAP or other programs that help out like this, it would be really sad."

Youth and Family Services also relies on the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Through the program, YFS receives a financial reimbursement for every meal it serves to a child.

Darcie Decker, YFS Nutrition Director, says, "It really will be detrimental if the shutdown totally closes and no financial reimbursement for meals. That will be detrimental for our families, the children we serve. That's who will have that impact and be hurt by not having the nutritious meals."

YFS provides more than a thousand meals and snacks a day, and employees hope the shutdown is resolved quickly.

Darcie Decker says, "I believe that we have a real supportive community, and I believe in our government. I'm really truly hoping that things will be resolved by the end of February, well hopefully by the end of January. That's my desire to see the close down, shutdown resolved."

We also contacted staff from the Rapid City location of Feeding South Dakota.

They had a meeting earlier on Wednesday on how they will address the food needs of the community if the shutdown continues.

They have not gotten back to us yet.