How the Federal Shutdown Affects SNAP: Questions and Answers
posted Jan 22, 2019
Because of the federal government shutdown, most SNAP recipients will receive their February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early. If you received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive SNAP in February, your February benefits may be available on your EBT card on January 17th instead of on your scheduled February availability date. This is your entire February benefit. This is not an extra SNAP benefit for January. If you completed your recertification for SNAP benefits in January and do not receive your February benefit on January 17th, this does not mean that you will not get a February benefit. Your February benefit should be available on your regularly-scheduled February benefit availability date.