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Food

March SNAP benefits will be issued on March 1 for all SNAP recipients

In this Friday, March 17, 2017, Associated Press file photo, a sign advertises a program that allows food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to shop at a farmer's market in Topsham, Maine. A proposal to curtail the nation’s food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
In this Friday, March 17, 2017, Associated Press file photo, a sign advertises a program that allows food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to shop at a farmer's market in Topsham, Maine. A proposal to curtail the nation’s food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced that March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be issued early to Illinois customers. March SNAP benefits will be loaded into customers’ accounts on March 1st.

SNAP is a federal program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and distributed through IDHS in Illinois.

IDHS plans to issue April benefits between April 1 and April 10. May benefits will be on the regular schedule. March SNAP benefits were funded through a recent federal stopgap budget. However, April and May SNAP benefits will depend on a new federal budget deal being reached.

Customers need not visit the local IDHS offices or call their caseworkers. IDHS staff will be working in the upcoming days to implement the necessary changes to issue benefits early. SNAP customers will receive the normal amount of monthly SNAP benefits on their Link cards, the debit-like cards used to spend SNAP benefits and other cash assistance. 

IDHS will communicate new issuance dates to SNAP customers through the IDHS website, Link website and phone line, social media and community outreach.

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