February food stamps benefits to be issued in January

Because of the federal government shutdown, the Department of Health and Welfare will be issuing February benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on Sunday, Jan. 20.

All households approved and re-evaluated by Tuesday, Jan. 15, will receive their February food stamps on Jan. 20. Households that complete a re-evaluation and are approved after Jan. 15 for February will receive their benefits on their regular issuance date. The department is continuing to accept and process applications normally through January and February and doesn’t anticipate any delays in SNAP issuance.

Everyone who is eligible for SNAP benefits in February will receive their benefits. However, households that receive their February benefits in January will not receive an additional issuance in February. Recipients are encouraged to budget their food stamps to last until they receive their March benefits.

“This is a fluid time for federal government services,” said Julie Hammon, administrator of the Division of Welfare. “Until we know more, please consider a donation to your local food banks and pantries – February will be tough month for many because of the length of time between benefits.”

Letters to recipients were sent by first class mail on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Department staff also have been communicating with grocery stores and other community partners on the schedule change.

If recipients have questions about the early issuance or SNAP benefits in general, they can call the Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1 in Idaho or the Self-Reliance call center at 1-877-456-1233.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is administered in the Division of Welfare in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Benefits are paid entirely with federal funds. Learn more about the program here.

Media Contact:  Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Manager
(208) 334-0668 or Niki.Forbing-Orr@dhw.idaho.gov


6 thoughts on “February food stamps benefits to be issued in January

  1. I get my ebt snap on the 2ond and my cash benefits on the 1 St of each month and was just wondering if I was going to be able to get mine like normal in February due to the government shutdown ?

    1. idhwmedia

      If you were approved for food stamps by Jan. 15, then you will receive your SNAP benefits on Jan. 20. No other programs have been affected by the shutdown at this time. You also should be receiving a letter in the mail that explains the change in schedule. If you have more questions, please call the Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1.

  2. Denise King

    So you are saying if I got my early benefits for February early in January. I will not receive any additional on Friday,Feb 22,2019

    1. idhwmedia

      Yes, that is correct. You will receive your March benefits on the normal schedule. The February benefits were issued in January because of the federal government shutdown, to make sure you received them. That did mean, however, that benefits would not be issued again in February for the people who had already received them in January.

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