*Update January 15, 2019 –

OTDA has announced that SNAP recipients will begin to receive February benefits as early as January 17th.

OTDA has released a Q&A on this early payment of benefits and how the federal government shutdown affects SNAP.

OTDA has also released a poster in English and Spanish that local districts outside of NYC are required to post (the poster is page 2 of the notice). A NYC poster is forthcoming.  Please use this poster to help clients understand the change in the timing of February SNAP benefits.

Our latest email update contains a summary of how February SNAP benefits are being issued in NY State.

*Update January 14, 2019 – 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • New York State has taken the necessary steps to ensure that February recurring SNAP benefits will be issued to all SNAP recipients in New York State by January 20.
  • It is important that SNAP recipients understand that the January 20 benefit is not a bonus or extra payment, it is the early issuance of the February benefit and therefore they must plan and budget accordingly.  If you work with populations receiving SNAP benefits, stay tuned for a public awareness campaign and education materials to educate on this.
  • Households that require re-certification for February should complete all steps by January 15th (depending on county) to be assured February benefits.
  • At this time, there is no further information about March benefits; we will await further guidance from USDA.


New York City Notice on January 20 issuance of Feb benefits


*Update: January 9, 2019 – 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Millions of New Yorkers who depend on SNAP benefits will receive benefits through February. The USDA is asking states to issue benefits on Jan. 20, earlier than usual,  to take advantage of a temporary funding measure.

Special Supplemental Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC)

  • Funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which provides staple foods, infant formula, and breastfeeding support to millions of low-income pregnant mothers and their young children, also has sufficient funding for February.

Child Nutrition Programs

  • FNS has provided State Agencies with additional available appropriated funding. These funds, along with those previously provided, can support program operations at normal levels well into March. The Child Nutrition Programs include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and State Administrative Expenses.


Federal Government in Partial Shutdown: What You Need To Know
USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February


*Update: December 22, 2018

At midnight on December 22nd, Congress and the President had failed to pass a continuing resolution to fully fund the federal government leading to a partial government shutdown. However, because of funds available to federal and state agencies, federal nutrition programs would continue to operate for the time being.

1 in 8 New Yorkers struggle with food insecurity, and fortunately, many of these individuals will continue to be eligible for and receive:
• The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)
• Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
• The child nutrition programs such as school meals and afterschool meals.

Hunger Solutions New York will continue to monitor the situation and work with our state and national partners to notify you of any developments.


We will continue to update this information as it becomes available to us.