Saturday, January 12, 2019

Government Shutdown Impact on Government Nutrition Programs

From the Hunger Coalition 

Read the Coalition's complete alert and call to action here

UPDATE (1/11/2019):
USDA has directed states to issue February SNAP benefits early – by January 20th. Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is doing everything it can to get SNAP households their February SNAP with as little confusion as possible and will share information with us once its plans are finalized. Most importantly, we all need to make sure SNAP participants understand the upcoming issuance of benefits is their February SNAP arriving early. We do not yet know what will happen with March benefits if the shutdown continues. The shutdown has no impact on SNAP eligibility rules, the ability of retailers to accept SNAP, or on DHS's issuance of cash assistance benefits (TANF and GA) and those newly in need of SNAP (such as some furloughed workers) should apply as soon as possible. For more detailed information, check out our blog post here