February 20, 2019
Press Statement: Ohio SNAP Gap Mitigation Plan

"All Ohio SNAP recipients will receive half of their March SNAP benefits on February 22.They will receive the remainder of their March SNAP benefits on their normal issuance date, anywhere from March 2nd to March 20th. We’re grateful that the State of Ohio took this step to help lessen the impact of the federal government shutdown on food insecure Ohioans. Ohio’s foodbanks stand ready as partners with the State to fill nutrition gaps of every kind for the 1 in 3 Ohioans who live in households poor enough to qualify for help from our hunger relief network.”

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January 30, 2019
Overview of "SNAP Gap" Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, February 2019 SNAP benefits were issued early on January 16. This has created a "SNAP gap" that is likely to cause significant financial strain for Ohio SNAP participants, because they will experience, at minimum, 45 days between the issuance of February and March SNAP benefits.

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January 14, 2019
February SNAP benefits to be released January 16 by ODJFS

Due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, USDA and the State of Ohio had to release SNAP (food stamp) benefits within one month of the start of the government shutdown, which is why February benefits are being released early. Consumers can call 1-866-886-3537 with questions. Please click to view and share a flyer with more information.

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