Although some communities around the country have been deeply impacted by the shutdown of the federal government over the funding of the Affordable Care Act, the Sky Valley so far has mostly been spared.
The Monroe School District has not yet been impacted, although if the shutdown lingers on, that could change, said spokesperson Rosemary O’Neil.
The Washington state Department of Social and Health Services has not yet disrupted programs for low-income families.
And Snohomish County Senior Services, which provides food to seniors through Meals on Wheels and lunch programs at senior centers, has enough funds to make it for a while longer.
“We are just going to hold on until the end of the year,” said Director of Nutrition Services Martha Peppones.