PA Dept. Of Human Services Moves Up SNAP Benefit Distribution To Dec. 11

On December 3, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller announced DHS is altering payment schedules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of December to allow all benefits to be issued without risk of delay in case of a federal government shutdown.

SNAP is a federally funded program and the federal government is currently funded through December 11, 2020.

To avoid any potential disruption, recipients may receive their benefits earlier than anticipated and in one payment as opposed to two issuances. All December SNAP benefits will be available on EBT cards by December 11, 2020.

SNAP benefits are typically issued during the first 10 business days of the month and emergency allotments, which are authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and currently go to about 60 percent of SNAP households, in the second 10 business days after this issuance.

Because SNAP is entirely federally funded, a delay in authorizing new funding could disrupt benefit issuance.

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