SNAP benefits will be distributed early for the month of February due to the partial government shutdown.
The Department of Human Services will issue SNAP benefits to eligible participants on January 17 for the month of February. According to a press release, this is not an additional payment.
DHS is encouraging participants to budget accordingly for food purchases. Benefits will not be issued again until March if funds are available from the federal government at that time.
As of Dec. 1, there were 151,283 Arkansas households participating in the SNAP program, which include 333,980 individuals. Roughly $40 million in SNAP assistance is distributed to eligible participants in Arkansas each month.