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Press Statement January 17, 2019 Update from the Department of Transitional Assistance on February SNAP Program Impact Due to Partial Federal Government Shutdown

1/17/2019
  • Department of Transitional Assistance

Media Contact for January 17, 2019 Update from the Department of Transitional Assistance on February SNAP Program Impact Due to Partial Federal Government Shutdown

Brooke Karanovich, Director of Communications, Department of Transitional Assistance

Update on February SNAP program impact due to partial federal government shutdown

Beginning today 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. 93% of SNAP clients are receiving their February benefits between today and January 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 on www.mass.gov/DTA.

Key Actions for January 17, 2019 Update from the Department of Transitional Assistance on February SNAP Program Impact Due to Partial Federal Government Shutdown

Media Contact for January 17, 2019 Update from the Department of Transitional Assistance on February SNAP Program Impact Due to Partial Federal Government Shutdown

Department of Transitional Assistance 

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in eight residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.
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