Food Lifeline, the nonprofit that stocks shelves and tables at 275 food banks, meal programs and shelters throughout Western Washington, has compiled this handy informational bulletin for all those who rely on public assistance programs in the state.

• SNAP (Food Stamps)—If you already receive an EBT card it will be filled with the same money you normally get in October.

Kids who get free or reduced school lunch will continue to get those meals during the shutdown.

• WIC (Women, Infants & Children) has funding right now, but as I reported yesterday, they're estimating their funds will run out October 9.

• If you are a senior who gets a box of food every month from Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) you will get your food as usual in October.

That said, if you participate in hunger assistance programs, Food Lifeline encourages you to call your US Representative or Senator and tell them that you use these programs and hope they will work hard to keep them safe.