States will issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early due to the federal government shutdown.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is requiring states to move up the distribution date.
In South Dakota, February SNAP benefits would normally be available Feb. 10, 2019. To ensure benefits are available to eligible households, February SNAP benefits will be issued on Jan. 20, 2019.
“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,” Department of Social Services Interim Secretary Amy Iversen-Pollreisz said.
There is no change to eligibility requirements or the way SNAP benefits are used.