Feeding South Dakota officials believe the government shutdown could add to the number of people living with hunger in the state.
You might not see any effects right away, but the longer it continues, the more uncertainty it creates for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - or SNAP; and more-so the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or WIC.
Feeding South Dakota Operations Director Chad Olson said it could also bring a rush of federal workers, who are out of work right now, to food Pantries
"It is not something they saw coming. So, maybe they didn't put dollars away, depending on how long they're out of work," Olson said.
According to the USDA, if the shutdown lasts longer than a month, WIC funding could be in jeopardy. SNAP is safe until 2014. According to a statement from the Office of Dennis Daugaard:
The Governor and his team are monitoring this situation closely. State agencies that receive federal funds are assessing the impact of the impact of the shutdown. As of today, state employees whose salaries are funded by federal funds are working as scheduled, but that could change depending on the duration of the shutdown.
Though 20-year-old Rebecca Skancke is not a federal employee, the full-time college student knows grocery bills add up.
"I have a part time job, but I don't have enough money to pay my rent and pay the bills with the way the economy is. So, coming here helps, you know, put food in my refrigerator," Skancke said.
She said she feels for federal workers without paychecks, who might have to utilize food resources.
"I can understand how that could be a problem for a lot of people, especially in South Dakota," Skancke said.
If a Congress compromise is not on the table, Olson worries many tables might not have enough food in South Dakota.
"What's frustrating is, you know, those people who are food insecure. They rely on those programs, that's where I feel maybe it's a little unfair to these individuals," Olson said.