Because of the federal government’s partial shutdown, people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) benefits will get their February funds early.
A South Dakota Department of Social Services spokesperson says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has directed states to issue SNAP benefits intended for the month of February by January 20th. Normally, the February SNAP benefits would’ve been distributed February 10th. How benefits are issued won’t change and the early distribution requires no action from SNAP recipients.
USDA has also ensured the other major nutrition assistance programs have sufficient funding to continue operations into February. The child nutrition programs, including school meals and after-school programs, have funding available to continue operations through March.
(Thanks, Dakota Radio Group)