USA Today

On December 21st, President Trump tweeted that he’d be “proud” to shut down the government in the name of border security. On the line? $5 billion for his long-promised border wall.

The following day, after failing to reach a deal, the federal government did partially shut down. Trump blames the Democrats for being “holdouts” and refusing to settle. Democrats, who offered $1.3 billion towards border security, said Trump was being unreasonable.

No matter who is responsible, funding for nine federal agencies lapsed, including Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, and the Treasury. As a result of the longest government shutdown in US history, many workers went without pay and non-essential tasks weren’t getting completed.

The impact continues to ripple through the economy and affect everyday people. Now that the shutdown is seemingly behind us, we can look at some of its impacts.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Low-income families who rely on government assistance found themselves on uncertain ground. The Department of Agriculture, in charge of the nation’s largest food aid program, known as SNAP, only had guaranteed funding through February. After that, no plan was in place to support the more than 38 million people currently receiving aid.