Next month's SNAP benefits arriving earlier due to government shutdown

January 17, 2019 05:36 PM

Thousands of people in the Capital Region will be on the lookout on Thursday for food stamp money to feed their families.

Next month's SNAP benefits for most New York families should be arriving on Thursday. This is because of the government shutdown.

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The federal benefits are arriving earlier.

This does not mean a second wave of benefits will be deposited for the start of February.

If the shutdown continues, families who receive SNAP will need to stretch out what they got on Thursday through March.

NewsChannel 13 has heard national reports that some federal workers are now lining up at soup kitchens to feed their families. We wanted to find out if the Capital Region food pantries were seeing an increase.

The Focus Interfaith Food Pantry in Albany says more people have been coming in for help since the shutdown.

The Regional Food Bank tells us that SNAP provides 12 times the number of meals provided by food banks. Director Mark Quandt adds that it would be impossible for the private sector to make up a difference of that magnitude.


WNYT Staff

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