(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana plans to issue February’s food stamp benefits next week for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers due to the partial federal government shutdown.
The Family and Social Services Administration said Friday it will distribute February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on Jan. 19 for about 585,000 Indiana residents.
Indiana’s SNAP benefits are usually issued to recipients over 19 days each month.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has directed states to issue February’s benefits early as a one-time early benefit due to the government shutdown.
Officials are strongly encouraging Indiana’s SNAP recipients to budget their benefits to ensure they can cover their food needs throughout February.
January’s SNAP benefits are being distributed according to the normal schedule.