February SNAP benefits will be issued January 19

Contributed By:The 411 News

Early release due to fears partial government shutdown will continue

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has directed states to issue February food stamp benefits to recipients early. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for the month of February will be paid to nearly 585,000 Hoosiers on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

The USDA is a division of the Dept. of Agrciulture, one of the agencies affected by the shutdown and whose employees are on furlough. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Jan. 8 that the program would be funded through the month of February and that the USDA was working to release the benefits ahead of schedule because of the partial government shutdown.

January benefits are being distributed according to the normal schedule.

In Indiana, SNAP benefits are usually issued to recipients according to an alphabetical schedule over a 19 day period throughout the month.

With benefits issued on Jan. 19, no SNAP benefits will be issued in the month of February. Recipients are strongly encouraged to budget their SNAP benefits to ensure the amount received Jan. 19 provides for their food needs through the entire month of February.

Indiana’s Division of Family Resources urges any Hoosier who has a pending application, benefits redetermination or reported change to their case to submit all requested documents no later than Monday, January 14, 2019, to receive February benefits if determined to be eligible. Applications or cases in process after Jan. 18 may not receive February benefits.

Story Posted:01/11/2019

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