Federal shutdown changes deadline to Jan. 14 for SNAP benefits application in Tennessee

TDHS is reminding the more than 900,000 Tennesseans who depend on SNAP that these benefits are the only funds they should expect until at least March. (Images: MGN/TDHS)

UPDATE:

Now that the deadline has passed, TDHS has this to say:

"SNAP recipients who missed Monday’s deadline to submit renewal forms or their 6 month simplified report are still encouraged to submit those documents as soon as possible. You may upload your needed documents online or by visiting your local DHS office during regular business hours. Information received after January 14 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 however we can not guarantee enough funding will be available for every applicant. SNAP benefits will be issued to eligible individuals as funds are available."

PREVIOUSLY:

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is taking steps to alert SNAP recipients of a very important new deadline imposed by the USDA.

People who are renewing their benefits or filing a 6 month Simplified Report form need to have any required paperwork in by the end of business this coming Monday, January 14.

TDHS says meeting this deadline is an important step to ensure February benefits are available to those who qualify during the government shutdown.

You can submit this paperwork online here, or at any state offices on Monday.

To help with this, TDHS plans to keep offices open until 6:30 P.M. Monday in several Tennessee counties, including Hamilton County in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area, as well as Davidson, Shelby, Montgomery, Knox, Rutherford, Washington and Madison Counties. Those who are not renewing and have not been notified by the Department are not required to submit any additional documents.

February SNAP funds were made available earlier this week when the USDA provided states with the option to provide early issuance of benefits. Because of this, February SNAP benefits will arrive weeks early for most people.

SNAP recipients typically see their monthly benefits arrive on their EBT cards the same day each month, anywhere from the first of the month to the 20th depending on their Social Security number. February SNAP benefits are expected to arrive on or before January 20, for all customers.

TDHS is reminding the more than 900,000 Tennesseans who depend on SNAP that these benefits are the only funds they should expect until at least March.

“Budgeting these early SNAP funds is especially important to those who receive their benefits towards the middle or end of the month,” said TDHS Press Secretary Sky Arnold. “We do not know how long the shutdown will last. Even if the government shutdown ends in February, individuals still won’t receive their March SNAP benefits until their standard disbursement date. Some customers could go up to two months in between SNAP dispersals.”

This is a developing story. Depend on us to keep you posted.

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