GUAM (Pacific News Center)—As the budget standoff continues in Washington DC, the Department of Public Health is concerned that funding won’t be available to pay food stamp benefits next month.
Public Health Deputy Director Leo Casil tells PNC that benefits paid at the beginning of this month are the last of the federally appropriated funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP.
The department pays about $10 million in food stamp benefits to Guam residents every month through funding from the federal government. Public Health Director James Gillan told PNC at the start of the shutdown that the department had received mixed messages about funding for November. Casil today said the department is still waiting for clarification from the federal government.
Some 16,000 families receive SNAP benefits in Guam each month.