While lots of attention is being paid to the closure of national parks because of the federal government shutdown, another program faces less immediate — though, arguably, more critical — trouble if a resolution isn't found soon.
The farmers market at Sandywoods in Tiverton currently accept Fresh Bucks, coins that can be purchased with SNAP funds.
According to 2011 statistics, 1,351 Tiverton residents and 149 Little Compton residents received some level of help through the federally-subsidized food program.
The shutdown had already made an impact on the program by Oct. 2 — the web page for the USDA, which administers the program, had a message that read: "Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available."
Congressional officials hinted that the shutdown may last for weeks if House Republicans continue to insist on including anti-Affordable Care Act language in a government funding bill — which Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly rejected — according to the Huffington Post.