DULUTH, MN– Anyone who uses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) will receive their February 2019 benefits earlier than usual, due to the federal shutdown.
More than 400,000 people receive SNAP, and officials say 70 percent of those are children, seniors and people with disabilities.
Current SNAP participants should expect to receive their February food benefits between now and the end of January.
These early benefits cover the entire month of February, however participants will not receive additional SNAP benefits in February.
SNAP recipients will receive information in the mail.
With the federal government not providing any funding for benefits beyond February, the Minnesota Department of Human Services encourages SNAP recipients to turn in all paperwork due to their county or tribal government offices as soon as possible.
Counties and tribes are still accepting new SNAP applications, and grocery/convenience stores, farmers markets, and other authorized SNAP retailers are still accepting SNAP benefits.
For food help, contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine, 1-888-711-1151 or www.mnfoodhelpline.org, or visit the department’s website, mn.gov/dhs, which will be updated regularly.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) food deliveries are available through Feb. 28, 2019.