Early food stamp benefits due to shutdown

PUBLISHED JAN 18, 2019 AT 2:49 PM (UPDATED JAN 18, 2019)

February SNAP payments issued early but have to last through end of next month

Most food stamp benefits for February became available on Thursday, January 17, as a result of the federal government shutdown, worrying New York City and state officials that the money will be spent too quickly to last through next month. They’re not even sure March benefits will be paid out at all.

NY Common Pantry case manager with guests
Photo Courtesy: NY Common Pantry

State and City officials warn that the 2.7 million New Yorkers who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or SNAP, could get their electronic payment ahead of schedule, mistake it as a bonus, and use it up all at once. [MORE]


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