Treat Your February SNAP Benefits Like Your Last, State Says

Friday, January 18, 2019 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Residents of Illinois who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits will receive their February benefits early, in January, but state officials said recipients should be prudent when dispensing with the needed assistance.

With the federal shutdown nearing a month and no resolution in sight, state officials are warning SNAP recipients to spend those benefits wisely.

“The partial federal government shutdown will leave the United States Department of Agriculture without the authority to spend money next month,” noted a report by the Illinois News Network.

Department Of Human Services Secretary James Dimas told INN that people should understand “this is early, not extra.

“These benefits have to last them through the end of February. And I think they can appreciate that Illinois is no place to be hungry at the end of February. So they need to make them last.”

State Rep. La Shawn Ford (8th) told INN that recipients “need to not blow through those benefits quickly, because there won’t be any more coming next month.”

So far, the USDA has no plan in place to pay for the two million Illinois residents who rely on SNAP benefits to get them, INN reported.

The Westchester Food Pantry announced on Jan. 18 that it will serve federal workers who have been furloughed during the shut down, which is now the longest in the nation’s history.

“Workers must show a valid federal ID or their last pay stub from their respective government agency,” food pantry officials said. “We are waiving our residency requirement for those furloughed workers during this time.”

Anyone with questions about the Westchester Food Pantry can contact (708) 927-4826. VFP

Read the full Illinois News Network story here.

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