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Important Information Regarding SNAP Benefits and the Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) will issue February SNAP benefits on or before January 20, 2019.

 

This is not a bonus payment and is intended to cover household food needs for February 2019.

The amount of benefits deposited onto your EBT card will be the same as your usual deposit, or the amount you qualify for.

No additional SNAP benefits will be issued in February 2019 to SNAP recipients that received February benefits on or before the early issuance date of January 20, 2019. 


If you are a SNAP recipient that has received notification to renew your SNAP benefits or to provide a simplified reporting form, it is important that you provide the necessary information to DHS as soon as possible to ensure you receive SNAP benefits, if eligible, for February 2019.

If you are a SNAP recipient that is not due to submit a renewal application or simplified reporting form, no action is required at this time. If you have already submitted your renewal application or simplified reporting form, no further action is required at this time.

If you received a letter from DHS and have not submitted any requested information, you may upload your needed documents online at https://apps.tn.gov/dhsaccess/ or by visiting your local DHS office during regular business hours. Information received after January 14th may not receive the early issuance of February benefits.

A limited amount of funds may be available for February benefits from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) after January 20, 2019.  DHS will continue to process SNAP renewals, simplified reporting forms and new applications as they are received. SNAP benefits will be issued as funds are available. 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Most SNAP recipients don’t have to do anything, and will begin to see February SNAP benefits deposited onto their EBT cards on or before January 20.

*If you usually receive your benefits on the 20th of each month, on January 20, 2019 you will receive benefits for both January and February.

If you are a SNAP recipient that received a letter from DHS stating that Simplified Reporting information or renewal/recertification information is due, it must be turned in to DHS as soon as possible. Information received after January 14, will be processed as usual and SNAP benefits will be issued as funds are available from USDA FNS.

SNAP recipients and applicants can continue to submit necessary information to DHS, as usual.

However, at this time DHS has not been given direction from our federal partners (USDA FNS) regarding the availability of March benefits. We will continue to work closely with them and share instructions or updates on March benefits as they are made available.

January SNAP benefits will not expire due to the early deposit of February SNAP benefits.

SNAP benefits can be used once they’re deposited onto an EBT card and at authorized SNAP retailers. SNAP benefits do not have to be used by a certain date, however, unless benefits are spent, they will be available on the card for purchases up to a year from the issuance date.

At this time DHS has not been given direction from our federal partners (USDA FNS) regarding March benefits. We will continue to work closely with them and share instructions or updates on March benefits as they are made available.

DHS will continue to process SNAP cases as usual and funds will be issued as they are made available by the USDA FNS.

If you are a SNAP recipient that received a letter from DHS stating that Simplified Reporting information or renewal/recertification information is due, it must be turned in to DHS as soon as possible.

DHS is continuing to monitor the federal government shutdown and working with our federal partners for information and instruction on how to proceed with programs like Families First and child care assistance. As relevant information is made available to us, we will provide it to clients via phone calls, the DHS website and DHS social media accounts. 

Updates will be posted on the Tennessee Department of Human Services website (www.tn.gov/humanservices) and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter).