More to Chew On: Government Shutdown

By The Chew Crew | Oct 2nd, 2013

At 12:01AM yesterday, the US government closed all non-essential services, including zoos, national parks and museums, as part of the recent government shutdown. The Chew Crew offers their perspectives on the recent issue and reveals how our food may be affected.

Wait, what’s going on? Every year, Congress has to agree on a budget to fund the government. This year, however, Congress was unable to come to a consensus about how best to spend the country’s money prior to the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

What does this mean for our food? Lunch and breakfast will continue to be served in schools. Food stamps will continue to be distributed. The USDA’s meat inspections will continue, though the FDA will not be inspecting any processed foods. In addition, funding for the WIC program, which provides low-income pregnant women, new mothers and children with healthy food, has been halted.

So, what can we do? Regardless of which side you're on, The Chew Crew believes it’s important to share your opinion and make your voice heard. Tell us what you think in the comments, below.