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The title comes from a key quote from an Associated Press story via US News and World Report article announcing that a government shutdown would “suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.”
“If Congress does not act to avert a lapse in appropriations, then USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October and will be forced to stop providing benefits within the first several days of October,” said Catherine Cochran, a spokeswoman for USDA. “Once that occurs, families won’t be able to use these benefits at grocery stores to buy the food their families need.”
USDA on Friday sent a letter to states asking them to hold off “until further notice” on starting the process that distributes benefits at the first of the month.
The Agriculture Department declined to give details on why the automatic funding would not continue. In the 2013 government shutdown, food stamp dollars were not affected.
As previous experience has shown, when EBT cards, welfare funds for food or cash, have previously gone down due to simply a “glitch,” threats of “Rodney King style riots” have been made, stores were looted, chaos has occurred… and that was just when the system was down for less than a day.
There is an expression that we are all just “nine meals” away from anarchy, but as an article over at The SurvivalPrepper points out, that is overly optimistic because “Hungry people get desperate very quickly.” The example used was the the immediate aftermath of Katrina, where in day one the looting had begun, by day two “police were ordered to abandon search and rescue missions for survivors and focus on packs of looters who are becoming increasingly violent,” and on day three CNN’s Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reportedlive from Charity hospital in New Orleans:
“… a sniper standing atop one of the buildings … firing down at patients and doctors as they were trying to be evacuated.”