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Federal government shutdown update

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The USDA and other federal government agencies have reopened until Feb. 15. We encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to:

  • Expect to receive your March SNAP benefits; the USDA confirmed it will provide full funding of SNAP benefits through March 2019 if a second shutdown occurs.
  • Be aware that February SNAP benefits and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) food benefits will be issued in February if you have not already received your February benefits early.
  • Apply for SNAP if you are not already receiving it but need those benefits.
  • Continue to use your EBT card. Grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and other authorized SNAP retailers are still able to accept SNAP benefits.
  • Contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine, 1-888-711-1151 or www.mnfoodhelpline.org if you need help with food. 

The MFIP and tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs will not be affected by a federal government shutdown in the near future. Funding for these programs is available through June 30, 2019.

For more information, see the department’s Frequently Asked Questions document about the shutdown’s impact on benefits. Please watch this website for updated information as it becomes available.

 

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