BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana will issue February SNAP benefits early. According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, most recipients will receive their benefits on or before Jan. 20.
These benefits are not extra, but an advance issuance of February benefits.
SNAP clients who receive their February benefits during this early issuance will not receive additional benefits in February for that month. They are encouraged to be careful and budget their SNAP benefits to last them through the entire month of February.
New applicants and current clients who are in the process of renewing their benefits are encouraged to not miss application or re-determination interviews and to turn in all requested documents as soon as possible. Current clients who have already been determined eligible for February do not need to take any action to receive their benefits.
The federal government has alerted states that they can issue benefits until federal funds are no longer available. It is unclear when that will occur.
Louisiana will continue to accept and process applications. However, 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.
During the federal government’s partial shutdown, DCFS continues to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS) to ensure Louisiana’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients have access to their federal SNAP benefits.
To learn more visit the DCFS website at www.dcfs.la.gov/snap2019faqs.