January 15, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mark Reiter, Lucas County Public Information Officer
Cell: 419-787-4772 Office: 419-213-4590
Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) will receive
full February benefits early
TOLEDO, OH. – Due to the federal government shutdown, Lucas County recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be receiving February benefits early.
For people who received SNAP benefits in January and are scheduled to receive SNAP in February, their February benefits will be available on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card on January 16. This will be their benefit for the entire month of February and no additional food dollars will be added in February.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instructed the Ohio Department of Job and Services to issue February benefits early because of a provision in the expired federal spending bill that allows the USDA to continue to fund some of its programs for 30 days beyond when the department had to shut down. To comply with that rule, the USDA is working with each state to load February SNAP benefits onto recipients’ cards now rather than the beginning of February, when they would normally be available.
SNAP-participating customers are being encouraged to plan their purchases carefully so that they will have money available to meet their food needs through the end of February.