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Partial government shutdown prompts early release of Kentucky assistance food benefits

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is giving an update to food benefits recipients because of the partial federal government shutdown and its effect on assistance distribution.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, is the deadline for completion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cases for early issuance. Applicants who are approved after Jan. 15 and before Jan. 30 will receive their benefits for January and February on their EBT cards by Jan. 31.

Most customers of SNAP, which is administered nationally by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, will receive their February SNAP benefits in January because of the partial shutdown.

February assistance benefits for these customers will be loaded to customer accounts/EBT cards by Sunday, Jan. 20. Customers can use these funds immediately at any authorized retailer but they will not receive more benefits for February.

 CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services administers SNAP in Kentucky. The FNS is releasing Kentucky’s February assistance money early to accommodate for client access during the shutdown.

For information about applying for food benefits, log on to the Cabinet’s homepage: chfs.ky.gov and type SNAP into the “What can we help you find” search bar.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and healthcare programs.


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  1. Shutdown needs to end will they resume normally anytime soon

  2. holly says:

    what about ktap benifits or saftey net funds

  3. Sheila Meredith says:

    What about ktap benefits will they still be paid on February 1st or will they come early

  4. vilma says:

    Its not fear to the people. Because, of what our president wants. God says to love thy neighbor. Let him pay for the wall if he wants it.

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