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Impact of the Federal Government Shutdown on SNAP Benefits

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Worcester County Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc., The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread
Reviewed February 21, 2019

Most people got their February SNAP benefits early


Due to the federal shutdown, most Massachusetts SNAP households got their February benefits early - around Jan 17th. Households did not get SNAP again in February if they got SNAP early.

DTA is issuing March SNAP benefits a few days early to most households

To shorten the time between the early February SNAP and March SNAP, DTA will issue March SNAP between March 1 and March 4. This means you may get SNAP earlier than normal. Households in Massachusetts usually get SNAP between the 1st & 14th of the month.

In April you will get SNAP on your normal date.

You do not need to rush to spend your SNAP benefits

SNAP will stay on your EBT card until you decide to use it! It will not go away.

If DTA needs paperwork to approve your SNAP or keep your SNAP case open, send them the paperwork

The fastest ways to get paperwork to DTA are:

  • Upload documents on
  • Take a picture on your smartphone and send through the DTA Connect app.
  • Go to a local DTA office.

If you do not get SNAP, you can apply!

See for more information.

Retailers are accepting SNAP as normal

Call DTA if you have any problems.

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