The Government Shutdown: What Idahoans Need to Know

The government shutdown came to an end in late January, but there are still some things to be aware of regarding SNAP funding (food stamps). At this point, full SNAP benefits are assured through the end of March - even if the government shuts down again in February. Most households received their February benefits on January 20th, which means many households are facing up to a 40-day gap in benefits with some facing as many as 50 days between receiving benefits. Many are unaware that because they received February’s benefits in January, they will not be receiving any additional benefits until their regular issuance date in March. This disruption is expected to impact emergency food supports and other charitable community programs until the schedule for benefits is back on track.

This information was taken from a memo from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

 

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