As a result of the February SNAP benefits being issued early Ohio is adjusting the March benefit issuance schedule. Eligible SNAP families will receive half of their March benefits on February 22, 2019, and the rest of the benefits will be issued on the normal March issuance date.
Federal Government Shutdown – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Early Issuance
Per instruction received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to the Federal government shutdown, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for February will be issued early, January 16, 2019. Counties should continue all other SNAP operations as usual.
In an effort to ensure recipients receiving their February benefits early understand that these benefits are not additional or bonus benefits the following message will be added to our customer service phone numbers and phone calls and text messages will be sent to recipients that have signed up for text messaging notifications or have a phone number provided:
February SNAP Was Delivered Early. Customers who use SNAP EBT should keep in mind that February food dollars were issued on January 16, 2019. This means that you may have two months’ worth of food dollars on your account this month. No food dollars will be added in February. The early food dollars are meant to help with next month’s food. We encourage our SNAP-participating customers to plan their purchases carefully so that they have money available to meet their food needs.
To apply for SNAP benefits you can submit an application to our office or apply online at https://odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov/SelfServiceSplash.jsf
If you’d like more information regarding SNAP Food Assistance please visit our page with more details and information by clicking the link HERE.