food assistance Government Shutdown Threatens Food Banks and Food Benefits By Liz Schlemmer • Jan 4, 2019 Liz Schlemmer / WUNC The partial federal government shutdown has food bank operators nervous that they could lose food distributions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, the families they serve could also lose food benefits. Proposal Threatens To Cut Food Assistance For Thousands Of NC Kids By Liz Schlemmer • May 17, 2017 Dept. of Agriculture The State Senate's recent budget proposal includes a provision that threatens to cut food assistance for tens of thousands of children in North Carolina. How Many Military Families Need Food Assistance? The Pentagon Doesn't Know By Dorian Merina • Apr 18, 2017 Thousands of military households rely on government food assistance programs, but the Pentagon doesn't track how many service members have trouble feeding their families.