The ripple effects of the federal shutdown are being felt by family-run businesses in North Carolina, according to an article on Friday by Paul B. Johnson of the High Point Enterprise.
Nick Owens and employees at his family-run business are having to turn away customers through no fault of their own because of a ripple effect of the federal government shutdown.
Lanier’s Super Market in Davidson County accepts food stamps from customers to pay for groceries. But the store in Denton is among businesses across the Piedmont, state and nation caught in limbo because their permits to accept food stamps are on hold due to the shutdown.
“Our customers haven’t been able to use food stamps with us since right after Christmas,” Owens said.
Lanier’s Super Market and other grocers were on a schedule to have their food stamp sale permits renewed in late December or January. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture can’t renew licenses now because of the stalemate from the shutdown.
The article points out that more than 2,500 grocery stores and food retailers across the United States haven’t been able to renew their food stamp sale permits since the shutdown began. That total includes 158 businesses in North Carolina. Read more