Mississippi is issuing February SNAP benefits a month early due to the partial government shutdown, according to a press release from the agency.
The February benefits will be issued by January 20th.
Mississippi DHS advises to purchase non perishable food items and to prepare for the possibility that there will be no SNAP benefits available for several months.
“Due to the partial government shutdown, February 2019 SNAP benefits will be available by January 20. These benefits are not an extra payment or bonus and are intended to cover food purchases for February 2019. No additional SNAP benefits will be issued in February to households who received their February SNAP benefits on the early issuance date.”
Households who have submitted SNAP recertification applications that have not been processed or approved by January 15 will not receive the early issued SNAP benefits for February.