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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is adjusting its usual SNAP issuance schedule in March to help close the gap for clients who have been stretching benefits since January as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. The March schedule is as follows:
- Recipients who usually receive SNAP benefits between the 1st and 4th of each month (days set aside for SNAP households classified as elderly and disabled) will receive their benefits on March 1, 2019.
- Recipients who usually receive SNAP benefits between the 5th and 14th of each month will receive their benefits on March 2, 2019.
To take advantage of a funding loophole, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service advised states to issue most clients' February benefits in January. Accordingly, on January 17, DCFS announced it had issued $88.5 million in federal SNAP benefits to 337,927 households and encouraged these recipients to closely budget their benefits to make them last through March.
Without the schedule change, the early issuance would have created a gap in benefits of up to 57 days.
"This extended period between SNAP issuances has been challenging for SNAP recipients, about 66 percent of whom are elderly, disabled or children," DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters said.
Roughly 50,000 cases, including new applications and those still under review on January 14, were processed to receive benefits in February according to the regular schedule.
Should there be another shutdown in Washington, D.C., this week, March SNAP benefits will not be affected. DCFS will continue to provide updates on the status of SNAP benefits for Louisiana residents as needed.
For more information about the issuance of SNAP benefits due to the partial federal government shutdown, visit the DCFS website at www.dcfs.la.gov.
For a flyer with the March 2019 SNAP issuance schedule, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/MarchSNAPFlyer.
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