According to a report in the Saturday, Jan 12 edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune, the USDA Department of Food and Nutrition Services will issue payments to SNAP clients for February in late January so to avoid problems later next month should the government shutdown continue past January 31, 2019.
The Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division, Steve Corsi, was quoted as notifying SNAP families that there will not be a payment in February, so their benefits should not be spent immediately. Doing so would put families depending on SNAP to supplement food budgets at risk of running out of benefits before the end of February. Corsi also noted that the Department will continue to process SNAP applications despite the shutdown.
SNAP families should also take note of the program offered by SF&C, the Access to Healthy Food program, that provides a financial match for the first $25 of SNAP benefits redeemed at the Columbia Farmers Market for healthy, nutritious, locally produced food products. The Market also offers the Double Up Bucks program which also supplements SNAP benefits when families shop at the Market.
So, do yourselves and your family a favor and eat healthy and stretch you SNAP benefits by shopping at the Market. The Market is open Saturdays from 9am to 12pm at the Parkade Shopping Center until March when the outdoor market reopens.