GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The government shutdown continues into the 17th day Monday. Many have been wondering what will happen to federal programs in Mesa County, like WIC and SNAP.
For right now, the answer is nothing. WIC and SNAP are programs that help low-income families with food. They are both funded solely by federal dollars, and will be until the end of January.
"These families rely on the food that they get with WIC, and we form friendships with the families. They rely on us,” said Karla Klemm, WIC Program Manager for Mesa County.
WIC and SNAP are running on reserve funds from last year, but say come February, they will have to reassess if the government is still shut down. Employees and everything the programs offer is still business as usual until then. They said they will “reassess” when the time comes.