GREENSBORO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered states to issue February's Food and Nutrition Services funds by Sunday due to the federal shutdown, Guilford County Department of Social Services officials said.
Food and Nutrition Services is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional and adequate diet.
Guilford County Officials said in a news release that despite the federal shutdown, the Department of Health and Human Services is projected to have sufficient funds through February for programs like FNS, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Woman Infants and Children program, but if the shutdown continues funding for those services could run out after February.
The FNS funds being given out by Sunday are the funds that would normally be given out between Feb. 3 and the 21st.
The release stated that once the FNS funds are issued they can be used, but because there will be no FNS funds issued in February, families should plan accordingly.