- Associated Press - Thursday, January 17, 2019

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance has begun issuing February SNAP benefits to the vast majority of households who use the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The agency said Thursday that because of the partial federal government shutdown, about 93 percent of those receiving SNAP benefits should receive their February benefits by Jan. 20.

The agency cautioned those receiving the benefits early to spend them carefully so that they can last throughout the month. There will not be another SNAP benefit payment in February.

One in every nine people in Massachusetts including working families, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities receive SNAP benefits.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that one of his top concerns during the shutdown is making sure those receiving SNAP benefits aren’t left without help.

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