Nevada: 250 federal workers on food stamps, 10 on welfare

January 25, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has seen 250 federal workers in the state sign up for food stamps since the partial shutdown of the U.S. government began just before Christmas.

Julie Balderson, the social services program specialist at Nevada’s Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, said Friday that in addition to workers signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, 10 workers signed up for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, also known as welfare.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have missed two paychecks since the shutdown began but President Donald Trump and Congress announced a deal Friday to reopen the government for three weeks. Balderson says most of the Nevada workers who signed up for benefits are Transportation Security Administration workers. Others work for Homeland Security, the IRS, the Interior Department and a federal prison worker.