SNAP benefits to be issued early due to shutdown


Residents who rely on SNAP benefits can expect to receive the funds early in February.

Due to the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) by Sunday, Jan. 20. Normally, benefits would be issued between the 3rd and 21st of February.

"We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and retailers have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown," said Tara Myers, NCDHHS deputy secretary for Human Services.

Once the February funds are distributed they will be available for use. However, participants should be aware and plan accordingly since there will be no benefits issued in the month of February.

Despite the shutdown, DHHS says they should have funds through February for FNS as well as TANF and WIC. However, if the shutdown continues, funds for these services could run out after February.

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