The government shutdown continued into its second full day, meaning at least 800,000 federal employees did not report to work on Wednesday.
It also means more and more uncertainty about future funding for federal programs that affect families.
President Barack Obama called a handful of top congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday, but so far, there has been no word of any progress to end the stalemate.
Meanwhile, here in the Coastal Bend, the local Women, Infants and Children Food Nutrition Service, commonly known as WIC, and our local school district's federally funded free lunches also face uncertainty. Between the two programs, roughly 40,000 people in the Coastal Bend alone could be affected.
The good news for WIC is that the state has the money to keep the program going.
"In fact, for our other programs as well," said Annette Rodriguez, Nueces County Public Health Director. "We have other grant programs that are funded by the Department of State Health Services, and they've assured us for the next 30 days it's business as usual."
There are 5,000 clients region-wide for the WIC program, and another 9,000 who are clients through Driscoll Children's Hospital.
As far as school lunches go, almost 26,000 students in the Corpus Christi Independent School District take advantage of the federally funded free lunch program everyday.
"The free lunch program runs on a reimbursement basis. We serve the meals and then we submit the invoices to the USDA, and then they reimburse," said Debbie Seeger of CCISD's government relations. "But for now, and certainly in the future, that will be the last thing that we change."
Seegar said the Title One programs for economically disadvantaged students and the funding for the IDEA programs for special needs students are already funded through the end of the school year.
The almost 26,000 students who take advantage of the free lunch program represent 66-percent of the students in all CCISD schools.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.