Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Issues Early Payment

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SNAP recipients will receive February payment on Jan. 18

The State Department of Human Services (DHS) has request that Delaware County assist in alerting residents of a change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits schedule during the partial federal government shutdown.

On Jan. 8, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notified states that February SNAP benefits will be fully funded. However, they have also notified DHS that in order to be funded for February, the February benefits will need to be issued by Jan. 20. Therefore, the state will issue the February benefits by Jan. 20 in order to meet the federally imposed deadline.

The February SNAP benefits for recipients who did not have a renewal due in January or whose renewal for January was completed by Jan. 14 will be available on their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards on Jan. 18. Recipients whose renewal is due in January and their renewal is completed after Jan. 14 will have their benefits available the day after their renewal is processed. This is the only benefit payment SNAP recipients will receive for the month of February. They will not receive a payment on their regularly scheduled February payment date. Recipients are being notified that this is not a bonus or increase in their monthly payment, rather, this is their benefit for the month of February.

Residents with questions or concerns can contact the statewide customer service center at 1-877-395-8930.

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