ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service announced that February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be funded through the end of February.
However, the benefits will be issued early on or before January 20. Typically, benefits are issued in the first few days of the month.
SNAP is a federal program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and distributed through IDHS in Illinois.
January and February SNAP benefits will not be affected by the current lack of federal appropriations. Because of the way the USDA funded February SNAP benefits, they must be issued on or before Jan. 20. This is about a week and a half earlier than usual for customers.
According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, there is no need for customers to visit the local offices or call their caseworkers. Staff will be working in the upcoming days to implement the necessary changes so customers see no disruption in benefits.
SNAP customers will receive the normal amount of monthly SNAP benefits on their Link cards.
If a Missourian has a pending food stamp verification, they must submit their verifications to this special email address SNAP@dss.mo.gov or deliver it to an FSD Resource Center by 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Failure to submit the necessary verification by that deadline means the food stamp participant will not get a February benefit.
Missourians who have questions or who need information can go to the DSS website, visit their nearest resource center or call the FSD Info Center at 1-855-FSD-INFO.
Although the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division continues to accept and process food stamp applications, FNS does not guarantee eligible applicants will receive food stamp benefits while the partial federal shutdown is in effect.