BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Human Services announced that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for March will be issued to qualifying low-income households on Friday, March 1.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide funding for next month’s benefits even if there is a second partial federal government shutdown.

In North Dakota, SNAP benefits are normally issued to electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards on the first day of each month. Due to the recent partial federal government shutdown, February benefits were issued early to qualifying households on or before Jan. 20.

The department continues to monitor the situation and remains in contact with USDA partners as funding for SNAP benefits beyond March is unknown at this time. Any information regarding future benefits will be communicated by the department.

County social service offices continue to accept and process SNAP applications, and households determined eligible for the program will receive benefits on March 1.

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Qualifying households can check their account balances before making food purchases by calling the North Dakota EBT customer service line at 800-630-4655 or by using the new ebtEDGE mobile app that is available in the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

For general updates about the program, including future issuance of benefits, individuals can visit Qualifying households with questions about their benefits can contact their county social service office. Contact information is online at