INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's early distribution of February's food stamp benefits due to the partial federal government shutdown has been moved up by three days.
The state's Family and Social Services Administration announced last week that it would distribute February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits this Saturday for about 585,000 Indiana residents.
But the FSSA said Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture has informed it that those benefits must be distributed Wednesday as a one-time early benefit due to the ongoing government shutdown.
The state agency is "strongly" encouraging Indiana's SNAP recipients to budget their early February benefits to ensure that they'll cover their food needs throughout the month.
Indiana's SNAP benefits are usually issued to recipients over a 19-day period each month.
January benefits are being distributed according to the normal schedule.
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