February SNAP benefits impacted by federal government shutdown

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – It is estimated 1 in 8 people in Ohio receive government assistance for groceries.

That means 1.5 million people in Ohio alone could be directly affected by what happens with the government shutdown.

February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be issued January 16.

That means the next time people will receive SNAP benefits will be on the regularly scheduled date in March, if the federal shutdown has been resolved.

The shutdown entered its 25th day Tuesday, with no immediate resolution apparent.

“Despite the government shutdown, our staff are working overtime and diligently to process the applications so that our residents who need food assistance get it,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

You can still apply for SNAP during the shutdown using one of three ways:

1. Online at benefits.ohio.gov
2. By calling 844-640-OHIO (6446)
3. By submitting a paper application at the nearest Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC):

  • Virgil E Brown 1641 Payne Avenue
  • Quincy Place 8111 Quincy Avenue
  • Old Brooklyn 4261 Fulton Parkway
  • Southgate 3955 Euclid Ave
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