The Missouri Department of Social Services advised the extension to suspend federally funded programs until further notice.
That action will affect more than 100 extension faculty and staff as well as the clients they serve. Around 260,000 K-12 students and 78,000 adults at more than 1,000 sites across Missouri will be impacted.
The nutrition education programs receive $10.4 million in federal funding for extension teaching and training.
Programs will be temporarily funded by the MU Extension through Oct. 21. Should permanent funding not be restored by then, the extension will issue layoffs.