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SNAP and the shutdown

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are affected by the federal shutdown. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Most February SNAP benefits have already been issued early. These are early payments, NOT extra or bonus.
  • Plan your food budget knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided before March.
  • Continue to use your EBT card through February. Most grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and other authorized SNAP retailers are still able to accept SNAP benefits.
  • For those who have not received February benefits, contact your county or tribal government human services office for updates. There may be more verification paperwork they need you to complete to receive benefits.
  • If you need SNAP but do not already receive it, you can still apply for benefits.
  • Contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine, 1-888-711-1151 or if you need help with food resources.

For more information, see Minnesota Department of Human Service’s Frequently Asked Questions about the shutdown’s impact on benefits.

This is an evolving situation with SNAP and we will keep you updated as it changes.

Updated: 1/24/19 10:36 a.m.



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