SNAP benefits issued early for second month due to shutdown

Officials said the early issuance will help those who've had a longer than usual gap between receiving their SNAP benefits.

Posted: Feb 13, 2019 2:27 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 2:28 PM

OREGON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release food assistance funds early for the second month, the Oregon Department of Human Services said.

Those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive their benefits March 1. February benefits were issued Jan. 20, during the partial federal government shutdown. Typically, Oregonians receive their SNAP funds between the first and ninth of each month.

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Officials said that the change will help households who have had a longer than usual gap between their usual SNAP issuances.

“We understand that this disruption in the schedule of how benefits are distributed can be difficult for SNAP participants,” Self-Sufficiency Programs Director Kim Fredlund said. “Our goal, during this unprecedented time, is to ensure we provide vulnerable Oregonians with access to food benefits and help them find additional resources if needed.”

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