Federal Shutdown Could Affect Texas Food Retailers

Because February SNAP payments will arrive early, officials say recipients need an explanation of why they’ll have extra benefits, allowing them to spread purchase out over a longer period. That also affects how stores stock their shelves, and the amount of money they take in.


By Scott MorganJanuary 14, 2019 9:30 am, , ,

From KETR:

Federal food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, dodged a bullet recently, at least temporarily, when the USDA announced that federal food assistance dollars will flow through February.

But here in Texas, that could create a different problem.

“We have some concerns about sort of the difficulties involved in releasing those benefits all at once, which is not how we usually distribute SNAP benefits,” says Celia Cole, executive director of the Austin-based hunger advocacy group Feeding Texas.

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