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Shutdown could make its way to school lunches

Shutdown could make its way to school lunches

With the government shutdown now the longest in U.S. history, its impact is beginning to be felt in unexpected places. As soon as February, it may be felt in the bellies of local school children.

School districts across the country face the possibility of scraping together emergency funds to feed low-income public school children if the shutdown continues. Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are on furlough, and they provide funding for many school lunches.

Williamsburg-James City County Schools have enough federal money left to support these programs until the end of February, according to Jane Haley, child nutrition services supervisor at W-JCC.

“We were...