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BATON ROUGE, LA — Monday, we announced that most Louisiana SNAP recipients will receive their February benefits early - on or before Jan. 20 - as a result of the partial federal government shutdown.
Every state is handling the early issuance differently, in accordance with their own procedures, schedule and client considerations. Unfortunately, we are seeing some misinformation about Louisiana SNAP benefits as a result of people sharing information from other states.
All official information about Louisiana SNAP benefits will be posted on the DCFS website at www.dcfs.la.gov and will be shared on the department's Facebook page and Twitter account.
We are also reaching out to our partners to help us spread word of official information and updates. A flyer we created for this purpose can be downloaded at www.dcfs.la.gov/snapshutdownflyer. Please share the flyer and our updates with your networks.
It is important that SNAP clients understand:
- These are early benefits for February, not extra benefits, and should be budgeted carefully to last into March.
- We are continuing to process both new applications and cases that have pending annual or semi-annual reviews.
- Clients with pending reviews need to keep their cases current and on track - by not missing scheduled interviews and by turning in all requested documents as soon as possible.
- Anyone with a food need should apply for benefits as soon as possible.
Cases certified after Jan. 14 as eligible for February benefits will be processed according to the regular schedule.
The federal government has alerted states that they can issue benefits until federal funds are no longer available; it is unclear from the federal government when that will occur. Any benefits approved after federal funding runs out will be in a suspended status until states receive more information from the federal government about the shutdown's impact on program funding.
For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/snap2019faqs.