Government shutdown affects Laredo families

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- The ongoing government shutdown has some in the community questioning how they will provide meals for their family.

Two programs that help families put food on their table are being affected by the government shutdown.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program also known as SNAP both fall under the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 1 out of every 7 Texans receives help from the SNAP program.

However, Congressman Henry Cuellar says there's a deadline up ahead.

The WIC program currently benefits about 22 to 23-thousand people in Webb County.

The City of Laredo says they will have an upcoming meeting with the Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner on measures that could be taken by the state if the shutdown
continues into February.