Government Shutdown Information

We know many of you have questions about how the government shutdown affects putting food on the table. We looked at food assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other federal nutrition programs East Texans are using to answer your questions.

I need food assistance. Where can I find food?

Our food pantry partners are always open to accept any individuals, including furloughed employees, who are needing food assistance.  Click the “Find Food” button above to be directed to our Food Finder .  You can select the county you live in or enter your address to find a partner food pantry where you live.

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I am receiving SNAP benefits. What does the government shutdown mean for me?

SNAP benefits for January and February have been disbursed.  This means individuals may have two months’ worth of benefits on their account now. No additional benefits will be added in the month of February. USDA is encouraging all participating SNAP recipients to plan their purchases carefully to help make sure benefits will meet food needs through February.

Can I still apply for SNAP?

Yes, there should be no change to the process.  However, funding has only been approved through the February benefits period that has already been disbursed.  At this time, dates for additional funding are unknown.  You may contact the East Texas Food Bank’s Benefits Assistance Specialists for more information about SNAP.

The East Texas Food Bank will continue our commitment to addressing hunger during this challenging time to ensure those struggling are able to food on the table.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the East Texas Food Bank by using the Contact Us link on the bottom of this page.

(Some information on this page provided by Feeding America)