Virginia recipients to get their SNAP benefits early due to shutdown


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Virginians who participate in the SNAP program will be getting their February benefits early due to the partial government shutdown.

All SNAP recipients who normally get their benefits the first week of February will now get them January 17, regardless of case number or usual issuance date.

“Families having access to food and children going to school without being hungry is a basic and critical need that transcends politics,” said Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Commissioner Duke Storen. “The SNAP program ensures food security for many of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and we are pleased to be able to provide benefits to our clients for the month of February.”

People who are already SNAP eligible do not have to do anything about the early benefits, they will automatically loaded on to their EBT cards.

“This early issuance of food benefits is still intended to sustain households throughout the month of February,” said VDSS Director of Benefit Programs Toni Blue Washington. “SNAP recipients are encouraged to proactively plan their food shopping for the month of February using these early funds.”

At the moment, it is unclear whether March benefits will be loaded on early as well. That all depends on the status of the government by that time.

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