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SNAP benefits to be distributed on March 6 due to government shutdown

Posted: 12:23 PM, Feb 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-27 12:23:01-05
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Marylanders who receive SNAP benefits will all be getting them on the same day this month because of the partial government shutdown back in January.

The Maryland Department of Human Services says that since SNAP, the food supplement program in Maryland, benefits were given for the month of February at the end of January, they want to make sure low-income individuals will not have an extended period of time before they can access their benefits.

Usually, the benefits are staggered between the 1st and the 24th of each month, but in March they will all be issued on the 6th.

“Our goal is to provide some certainty and relief to vulnerable Marylanders during this unpredictable time,” said DHS Secretary Lourdes Padilla. “Changing the distribution date to March 6 and issuing all the SNAP/FSP benefits on the same day reduces the time recipients must wait for funds to purchase food in Maryland.”

The Department of Human Services says on average there are more than 650,000 Marylanders receiving approximately $75 million in food supplement assistance each month. They say they have taken a number of steps to make sure everyone knows and is prepared for the change in their benefits for the month of March.