La. SNAP benefits schedule to change early 2021

La. SNAP benefits schedule to change early 2021
(Source: WLBT)

BATON ROUGE (WVUE) -The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is beginning a three-month process of transitioning its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits schedule to distribute benefits more evenly throughout each month. Rather than receiving their benefits during the 1st through 14th of each month, SNAP households will soon receive them between the 1st and 23rd of each month.

The new regular schedule, which will go into effect in February 2021, will allow for more even stocking and staffing at grocery stores and more consistent access to a variety of foods for shoppers, as households typically do their shopping on or shortly after the day their benefits are issued.

DCFS also received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to issue supplemental SNAP benefits for Dec. to families not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size. The supplemental benefits are scheduled to be loaded onto recipients’ EBT cards on Friday, Dec. 4.

Over the next three months, SNAP issuance dates will transition to the new schedule, with no recipient going more than 40 days between monthly issuances, per federal regulations. Recipients who are elderly or disabled will continue to receive their benefits on the 1st through the 4th of each month. Other recipients’ issuance dates will shift according to the following schedule:

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is beginning a three-month process of transitioning its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits schedule to distribute benefits more evenly throughout each month.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is beginning a three-month process of transitioning its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits schedule to distribute benefits more evenly throughout each month. (Source: Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services)

For example, recipients whose Social Security Number ends in 9, and who are not classified as elderly or disabled, will receive their December benefits on Dec. 10, their January benefits on Jan. 18, and their February benefits on Feb. 23. Their regular benefit issuance date will then be the 23rd of each month.

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