Texans will get their February food benefits early because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients will get their benefits automatically loaded to their Lone Star cards on Jan. 20.
SNAP is the program that provides help to millions of low-income families to buy food. Monthly benefits are worth $410 million for Texas.
A release from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said it will allow people who receive the benefits time to manage them easier given the uncertainty of funding because of the shutdown.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also told other states to release the money early and states are allowed to release the funding until it runs out.
Tips for recipients from the Health and Human Services Commission:
- Recipients are encouraged to spread out their shopping throughout February instead of making spending it all in one mass trip.
- People who are already eligible for benefits in February do not need to do anything to get their food stamps
- People who are in the process of renewing their benefits are encouraged to submit verification documents as soon as possible
- People who have applied for benefits should submit their verification documents as soon as possible