INDIANAPOLIS- On January 14, 2019, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would not provide benefits for the month of February.

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, the FSSA has been instructed by the United States Department of Agriculture that SNAP benefits would now be issued on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. This means that hardworking Hoosiers will have to ration their benefits in order to have enough crucial supplies for February.

State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) wants to ensure that Hoosiers expecting these benefits are aware of the incoming changes.

“It is difficult to watch the impact on Hoosiers from the federal government shutdown,” Sen. Stoops said. “Our residents should not have to worry about stretching their benefits to insure that they are fed. The distribution date was ultimately moved to make sure that our people are not going without these essential items and I just want to make sure as many folks are aware of this as possible.”

The benefits for January are still on schedule and the FSSA will continue to process applications for the benefits program though January 31.