Government shutdown prompts early SNAP benefits

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PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - Because of the partial shutdown of the federal government, states will issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits early.

This, according to a release from the South Dakota Department of Social Services, is “in order to minimize the potential impact of the lapse in appropriations on SNAP recipients.”

South Dakota February SNAP benefits will be issued Jan. 20; instead of Feb. 10.

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.