Iowa SNAP recipients to receive benefits early

    Iowa SNAP recipients to get benefits early.

    Iowa's SNAP recipients are set to receive their benefits for February early due to the partial government shutdown.

    The Iowa Department of Human Services says Iowans who receive the benefit will get their funds electronically transferred to their cards on Thursday, January 17.

    The department noted these are normal February benefits and are just being issued early.

    State officials encourage SNAP recipients to budget properly to make sure they last through the end of February. There will not be new transfers during that month.

    Funding is only secure through the end of February and right now officials at the Iowa Department of Human Services are making a contingency plan for the month of March in case no deal has been made on the shutdown.

    “At the Iowa Department of Human Services we understand the importance of ensuring food security for Iowans in need and will do everything we can to ensure there is as little disruption as possible,” said Director Jerry Foxhoven.

    CBS2/FOX28 talked to one Corridor food pantry who is closely monitoring the situation. They said their resources could be stretched thin if no deal is made by March.

    The government shutdown has stretched nearly four weeks long as President Donald Trump and congressional democrats have not been able to come to an agreement over border security.

    The President wants more than $5 billion dollars of funding towards a border wall. Democrats say the wall is not needed.

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