SNAP Returns to Normal Operations after the Shutdown

 

UPDATE! SNAP Returns to Normal Operations after the Shutdown

USDA recently announced March benefits are fully funded and requested that each individual state develop a plan for the distribution of March benefits. USDA confirmed that the 40-day rule in which SNAP customers must normally receive benefits is inapplicable for the period of time between the distribution of February and March benefits. 

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association received word from the State of Iowa this morning that its plan was approved and Iowa’s Food Assistance benefit issuance will return to normal for March.

"The Department has assured us that benefit issuance will return to normal for March even if another government shutdown occurs prior to, or during that issuance time," IGIA President Michelle Hurd said. "March Food Assistance benefits are guaranteed for recipients."

In Iowa, benefits are made available over the first 10 calendar days of every month, based on the first letter of the client’s last name:

  • First Letter of the Last Name is: A or B = benefits available on the 1st
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: C or D = benefits available on the 2nd
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: E, F, or G = benefits available on the 3rd
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: H or I = benefits available on the 4th
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: J, K, or L = benefits available on the 5th
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: M, N, or O = benefits available on the 6th
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: P, Q, or R = benefits available on the 7th
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: S = benefits available on the 8th
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: T, U, or V = benefits available on the 9th
  • First Letter of the Last Name is: W,X,Y, or Z = benefits available on the 10th

Contact Michelle Hurd, mhurd@iowagrocers.com with any questions you may have.