IMPORTANT: SNAP Benefits Affected by Government Shutdown

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced that most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive their full February benefits early, due to the ongoing federal government shutdown. Current SNAP recipients may receive their February benefits by Thursday, January 17.

Many recipients will receive their entire February benefit early, so it is important for SNAP recipients to budget accordingly considering the uncertainty caused by the federal shutdown.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue full February benefits early. This not an extra or bonus benefit and households will not receive a second benefit for the month of February.

Please see links below for more information:

https://regionalfoodbank.net/wp-content/uploads/SNAP-During-Shutdown-for-Clients.pdf

https://regionalfoodbank.net/wp-content/uploads/Shutdown-SNAP-Questions-Answers.pdf

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