February SNAP Benefits May Be Issued Early

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NEW YORK – February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be released as early as Thursday for many New York State residents.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance said the benefits for February are being released early for most state residents because of the the temporary government shutdown.

“New Yorkers receiving their February SNAP benefits early need to carefully plan their food budgets as this will need to last through the entire month,” said Commissioner Samuel Roberts. “We will continue to work closely with our local partners to ensure that all SNAP recipients get their February benefits.”

SNAP recipients who do not receive their benefits early will receive them on Feb. 1.

Congressman Tom Reed addressed the situation during a Tuesday conference call.

He said SNAP and other issues are creating an untenable position in regard to the temporary government shutdown.

“They are making the necessary moves to get it through February,” Reed said. adding he hopes the shutdown ends before March’s round of benefits.

“We’ll do our part where we can elieviate the issues with the shutdown,” Reed said.

The latest statistics show that 3,039,108 people in New York State receive some form of SNAP benefits.

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