SNAP benefits to be issued early in ND

Thinkstock / Special to The Forum
Thinkstock / Special to The Forum

BISMARCK — As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized the North Dakota Department of Human Services to issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to qualifying low-income households earlier than usual.

Current SNAP households will see February benefits automatically issued to their electronic benefit transfer cards on or before Sunday, Jan. 20. Normally, benefits are issued to EBT cards on the first day of each month.

“It is really important for qualifying households to understand that they will see two months of benefits on their EBT cards in January and none in February,” said Michele Gee, the department’s Economic Assistance Division director. “I encourage people to plan carefully and budget their SNAP benefits to cover their food needs through the end of February.”

During the partial federal government shutdown, county social service offices will continue to accept and process SNAP applications.

Gee said other economic assistance programs administered by the department are not affected by the partial federal government shutdown at this time.