The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients about a very important deadline.

In order to ensure February benefits are available to people who qualify during the shutdown, anyone renewing their benefits or filing a six-month Simplified Report form needs to have all required paperwork submitted by the end of business Monday.

The press secretary for TDHS, Sky Arnold says, "We realize that this is a tight deadline to submit paperwork is a tight turnaround, but we it is very important we all work together to ensure everyone who qualifies for February SNAP benefits receives them."

Paperwork can be submitted online or at any of their state offices. TDHS will keep their Hamilton County office open until 6:30 pm Monday.

SNAP recipients can expect their February benefits to arrive on or before January 20th.

These are the only funds Tennesseeans who depend on SNAP can expect until at least March.

"We can't stress enough how important it is for those who depend on SNAP benefits to budget these early February benefits. Especially those who are custom to receiving funds towards the middle or the end of the month. We don't know when the shutdown will end."

Nearly 39 million people in the United States depend on food stamps and more than 900,000 Tennesseans depend on  SNAP.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD has asked landlords not to evict tenants covered by the program.

Instead, they are asking landlords to use reserve funding to cover residents.

Snap recipients could go until March without another supply.


“Budgeting these early SNAP funds is especially important to those who receive their benefits towards the middle or end of the month,” TDHS Press Secretary Sky Arnold said. “We do not know how long the shutdown will last. Even if the government shutdown ends in February, individuals still won’t receive their March SNAP benefits until their standard disbursement date. Some customers could go up to two months in-between SNAP dispersals.”

February will be the only month snap benefits will come early.

If you have not been notified by the Department of Human Services you don't have to submit any additional documents to receive SNAP benefits.

The deadline to file for benefits is at 6:30 Monday, January 13th.

There is an office located on Brainerd Road.

For more information, visit TDHS's website.