RALEIGH, NC (WBTW) – As the Partial Government Shutdown continues the U.S. Department of Agriculture is advising states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits early.
FNS recipients in North Carolina will receive Februarys’ benefits by January 20.
“We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and retailers have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown,” said Tara Myers, Deputy Secretary for Human Services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet.
Once February’s FNS funds are distributed they will be immediately available for use. However, officials warn that since no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly.
Despite the federal shutdown, DHHS projects to have sufficient funds through February, not only for FNS, but also for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC)
However, should the shutdown continue, funding for these services could run out after February.
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