“SNAP” is issuing early benefits

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — With money running low for food stamps throughout the state, one organization is stepping up to help.

The supplemental nutrition assistance program, also known as “SNAP”, is planning to issue benefits early as a result of the government shutdown.

With the goal is help those running low on food stamps receive the supplies they need, these early benefits are affecting 231,000 households in the state.  

However, this advanced payment is not a bonus—SNAP recipients will not receive another benefit in February.

Advanced payments should be available on EBT cards starting January 17th unless they are due for re-certification this month.

Any SNAP recipient whose re-certification is approved after January 16th will receive their February benefits on their normal monthly issuance date in February.

All program rules still apply, including verification of income. If you have any questions you can contact the Department of social Services at 1-800-616-1309.

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