People on food share programs, including the Women Infant and Children Program, are nervous about feeling the effects of the federal government shutdown.
The Department of Public Health said people should not worry because programs are funded through the end of the month.
But Chris Tazelaar from Second Harvest Food Bank said the shutdown could put a strain on food pantries across the state.
“It’s going to be a domino effect. So ultimately, yeah, if it goes on two, three, four weeks, then you bet some of our agencies are going to see an uptick in people who need our services,” said Tazelaar.
In Dane County, WIC programs serve 6,000 families a year. During the last long shutdown, food share programs put people on wait lists but department officials said it’s unlikely to get that a far.