CHICAGO (WEEK) — The Illinois Department of Human Services said food stamp benefits will continue through February despite the federal government shutdown.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be funded through the end of February. However, Illinoisans will get their SNAP benefits on or before Jan. 20, instead of the beginning of the month.
“We want to reassure our customers that SNAP benefits are funded through the end of February,” IDHS Secretary James Dimas said. “However, we need to spread the word as quickly and widely as possible that these benefits will be issued earlier than usual.”
SNAP is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and distributed through the state.