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Pitt County officials keeping eye on food stamp program during government shutdown

(MGN Online photo)

The partial government shutdown is not currently impacting the food stamp program. But officials are keeping a watchful eye as the debate continues to try to end the shutdown.

The USDA announced Tuesday money will continue to fund the food stamp program into February. Pitt County Department of Social Services Deputy Director Gwen Burns said although the money for food stamps is uncertain for March, everything in Pitt County right now is continuing as normal.

"If there are any concerns, if we do not receive funding and we will continue to track everything that we will make them aware of what steps they will need to take," Burns said.

More than 13,000 households in Pitt County use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a little more than 29,000 people. Pitt County has a little over a week to issue February benefits.

Burns said she is waiting for direction from the USDA and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to get direction if money isn't allocated.

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