DSHS warns SNAP recipients to budget their benefits ‘carefully’ during government shutdown

DSHS warns SNAP recipients to budget their benefits ‘carefully’ during government shutdown

In a statement from Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services, the agency is warning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to budget their benefits wisely this month.

“Some recipients — those who get their benefits on the 20 th of each month, for example — will be going two months between SNAP disbursements,” Director for the DSHS Community Services Division Babs Roberts said in the statement. “People will want to ensure that the benefits they are receiving now last as long as possible.”

Due to the shutdown, the agency said most of its clients will receive their February benefits on Jan. 20 in order to minimize the impact of the shutdown for those who utilize federal funding. SNAP recipients normally receive their benefits on their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards anywhere from the first to the 20th of every month.

The agency says it is keeping its website and social media accounts up-to-date with information from the federal government as they receive it.

If the shutdown continues past March, the agency adds that “it is unclear of the impacts, but DSHS does acknowledge there could be some disruption to programs and services.”

For more information, DSHS asks recipients to visit their Economic Services Administration website.

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