TULSA, Oklahoma - Lots of people who receive food stamps say they are concerned about how the shutdown would affect their ability to feed their families, but the US Department of Agriculture says it has a plan in place to help them.

The USDA says they will make sure food stamp users have the food they need through the end of February.

In a statement, the USDA says states have already received money for this month's benefits and they've started loading that money on recipients' SNAP cards.

The department plans on sending out February food stamps earlier than usual, much like they do during natural disasters.

The USDA says child nutrition programs including school meals and after-school programs are paid for through March, but at this point, there is not a plan in place to provide food stamps if the shutdown continues into March.