(SNAP) Benefits to be Issued Early in Response to Federal Government Shutdown
PIERRE, S.D. – Due to the current federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has required states to issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early in order to minimize the potential impact of the lapse in appropriations on SNAP recipients.
In South Dakota, February SNAP benefits would normally be available Feb. 10, 2019. To ensure benefits are made available to eligible households, February SNAP benefits will instead be issued early on Jan. 20, 2019.
The funds are not additional funds to SNAP recipients, but rather, an early issuance of February benefits. There is no change to eligibility requirements or the way SNAP benefits are used.
“Although the February benefit will be made early, SNAP recipients are encouraged to continue to use their benefits as they normally would to help meet their food needs in February,” said Department of Social Services Interim Secretary, Amy Iversen-Pollreisz.
SNAP operates under the requirements of the USDA and helps low-income South Dakotans buy the food they need to stay healthy while they work to regain financial independence. SNAP benefits are not intended to cover all of a family’s or individual’s food costs but does help with purchasing the food needed for a nutritionally adequate diet.
For more information on SNAP, please visit dss.sd.gov.