February SNAP benefits being issued early due to Federal government shutdown

February SNAP benefits being issued early due to Federal government shutdown

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

In a press release received today, they stated that most recipients would receive their entire February benefit early, adding that it is important for SNAP recipients to budget accordingly considering the uncertainty caused by the federal shutdown.

“New Yorkers receiving their February SNAP benefits early need to carefully plan their food budgets as this will need to last through the entire month,” said Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts. He added, “We will continue to work closely with our local partners to ensure that all SNAP recipients get their February benefits.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue full February benefits early. They stated, in the release, that this is not an “extra” or “bonus” benefit and households will not receive a second benefit for the month of February.

Current SNAP recipients, due to receive February benefits that do not receive their benefits as part of the early issuance, will receive them on Feb. 1.

For more information, visit otda.ny.gov.

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