Update from Department of Transitional Assistance on February SNAP Impact Due to Federal Government Shutdown

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Beginning Jan. 16 due to the partial federal government shutdown, the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has begun issuing February SNAP benefits to the vast majority of SNAP households. Ninety-three percent of SNAP clients are receiving their February benefits between today and Jan. 20.

Please note the following important items:

February SNAP benefits must be spent carefully to ensure that they last throughout the month.

SNAP clients will not receive another payment in February.
EBT cards will continue to be accepted at approved locations during the entire month of February.

If people are facing immediate hunger, they should contact the FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333, where they can find information on food pantries and local programs where they can get access to free food.

If clients have questions about SNAP benefits they can call the DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363.

A detailed detailed Q & A on the early issuance of SNAP benefits and future updates can be found at mass.gov/DTA.