Food Stamps, Rent Aid, and the Safety Net for American’s Poorest at Risk as Shutdown Drags On

Shutdown impacts will fall hardest on those who can afford it the least

From left, Mike Wise, Charlie Brenner and Glenn Beaudin grab bags of food to take to people in need. The Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry is providing food for furloughed federal workers. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

By Tracy Jan & William Wan

The waterlogged ceiling of Betty Gay’s rural Kentucky home sags so low that she hits her head on the light fixture. She’s only 5-foot-1…

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