Government reopened: here’s what you need to know about SNAP benefits

SNAP funded through end of February

(KFVS) - The government shutdown ended and there is some important information people should know about SNAP benefits.

According to the Missouri Social Services on Twitter, if you received your February benefit in January, you will not get an additional benefit in February. They said the Family Support Division will continue to process applications and verifications, but they cannot guarantee benefits at this time.

You can call 1-855-FSD-INFO for more information.

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, they anticipate they will get funding for March SNAP benefits.

They said they too will continue processing applications and other requests.

The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service announced in early January that February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits would be funded through the end of February.

However, the benefits would 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 were not be affected by a lack of federal appropriations. Because of the way the USDA funded February SNAP benefits, they had to be issued on or before Jan. 20. This was about a week and a half earlier than usual for customers.

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, there was no need for customers to visit the local offices or call their caseworkers. Staff were working to implement the necessary changes so customers see no disruption in benefits.

SNAP customers received the normal amount of monthly SNAP benefits on their Link cards.

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 could not guarantee eligible applicants would receive food stamp benefits while the partial federal shutdown was in effect.

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