JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians who are eligible for food benefits will receive their February benefits by January 20, 2019.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food benefit program, informed states that payments for the February food benefit or SNAP benefit must be issued early due to the partial federal government shutdown.
“It’s important for families to understand that they will not get a food benefit again in February, and we caution them to not immediately spend the benefit because it must feed their family for both months,” said Steve Corsi, Director, Department of Social Services, in a news release.
Food benefits are 100 percent federally funded and are not appropriated through the Missouri state budget. Each month, Missouri receives approximately $84.2 million in food benefits from the federal government.
Although the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division continues to accept and process applications, FNS does not guarantee eligible applicants will receivebenefits while the partial federal shutdown is in effect.
Government officials say If a Missourian has a pending food benefit verification they must submit their verification to this special email address SNAP@dss.mo.gov or deliver it to an FSD Resource Center by 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15th. Failure to submit the necessary verification by that deadline means the participant will not get a February benefit.
“This is an evolving situation and we encourage impacted Missourians to be vigilant of future updates as new information becomes available,” said Corsi in a news release sent to KOLR10. New information will be updated on the Department’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Missourians who have questions or who need information can: go to the DSS website, visit their nearest FSD Resource Center, or call the FSD Info Center at 1-855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636)