January 30, 2019
Overview of "SNAP Gap" Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, February 2019 SNAP benefits were issued early on January 16. This has created a "SNAP gap" that is likely to cause significant financial strain for Ohio SNAP participants, because they will experience, at minimum, 45 days between the issuance of February and March SNAP benefits.

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January 14, 2019
February SNAP benefits to be released January 16 by ODJFS

Due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, USDA and the State of Ohio had to release SNAP (food stamp) benefits within one month of the start of the government shutdown, which is why February benefits are being released early. Consumers can call 1-866-886-3537 with questions. Please click to view and share a flyer with more information.

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January 9, 2019
LISTEN: USDA announces SNAP benefits will be available for February during shutdown

"Federal officials say fallout from the government shutdown will not impact the food security of families already living on the edge. However... there are still thousands of federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay, which could make it difficult for them to put food on the table."

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