According to USA Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has enough money to last one more year. That means the food stamp spigot will keep flowing for a long time regardless of what happens in Washington DC tonight.
Many food stamp recipients, however, have not gotten the message:
If this shut down go through does that mean no food stamps?
— FreeBigWEEZY (@DrunkPussyPebb) September 30, 2013
This might sound ignorant but I hope the government shut down doesn't mess with that $400.00 foodstamps. I'm suppose to be buying this week
— Mama Chula (@suchAbellaWoman) September 30, 2013
Sooo we might not get food stamps this month if the government shut down
— Lexxiii (@Swagg_Saver_Lex) September 30, 2013
A few tweeters seem rather indignant about the prospect of an interruption in the government’s taxpayer-funded largesse:
The Government Can Shut Down All It Wants But I Better Get My Food Stamps ?
— THE NAKED TRUTH (@EgoSentric) September 30, 2013
It’s not just food stamp beneficiaries who are anxious, but also those who intend to buy food stamps on the black market:
He needn’t worry. Illegal commerce in food stamps is one of the few sectors of the U.S. economy that is quite strong … and it is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.