Tennesseans who rely on SNAP benefits who are seeking renewal during the current partial government shutdown must apply by a new deadline: Monday, Jan. 14, which was imposed Friday by the USDA.
TDHS says there are more than 900,000 Tennesseans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
According to the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), recipients who are renewing their benefits or filing a 6-month Simplified Report form need to have any required documents by the end of the business day Monday.
Meeting that new deadline is a critical step to ensure that February benefits are available to those who qualify during the government shutdown, TDHS says.
Applicants can submit their paperwork online here or at any of the state offices on Monday. To help, TDHS will stay open late Monday until 6:30 p.m. in the following counties:
February SNAP funds were made available earlier this week when the USDA provided states with the option to provide early issuance of benefits, TDHS says. Because of this, February SNAP benefits will arrive weeks early for most people.
SNAP recipients typically see their monthly benefits arrive on their EBT cards the same day each month, anywhere from the first of the month to the 20th depending on their Social Security number.
February SNAP benefits are expected to arrive on or before January 20, for all customers.
The early February benefits are the only funds recipients should expect until at least March.
“Budgeting these early SNAP funds is especially important to those who receive their benefits towards the middle or end of the month,” said TDHS Press Secretary Sky Arnold. “We do not know how long the shutdown will last. Even if the government shutdown ends in February, individuals still won’t receive their March SNAP benefits until their standard disbursement date. Some customers could go up to two months in between SNAP dispersals.”
Those who are not renewing their benefits and have not been notified by TDHS are not required to submit any additional documents or applications.