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How the government shutdown affected EBT and food stamp (SNAP) benefits

(updated April 29, 2019)
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May update.

All states are back on their normal food stamp schedules. If you aren’t sure what your state’s normal schedule is, you can find out here.


March Summary.

  1. March benefits came early for most states.
    Although some states went back to their normal schedules in March, most sent out benefits earlier than normal.
  2. April benefits will be back to normal for most States.
    Only a few states are sending out April benefits earlier than normal. Check the list of states below for more information.

My March benefits came early. Will my April benefits come early too?

Your benefits might come early if you live in one of the few states that’s sending them out earlier than normal. Check the list of states below for more information. And check out these tips to help make your SNAP benefits stretch.

I didn’t get my March or April benefits when I should have. Why not?

If you didn’t get March or April benefits according to the schedule below, there may be an issue with your SNAP case. Contact your case worker or call the SNAP hotline at 800-342-3009 to figure out why you haven’t gotten your benefits. There may be long hold times.

How can I stay up to date?

If you haven’t already, download the Fresh EBT app to track your EBT balance and get information about schedule changes:

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Information about specific states.

Alabama Department of Human Resources

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  • April: Alabama sent out April benefits from April 4th - 13th for households that normally get their benefits then, and on April 13th for households that normally get their benefits from April 14th - 23rd.
  • March: Alabama sent out March benefits on Monday, March 4th.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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  • April: Alaska sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Alaska sent out March benefits on Monday, March 4th.

Arizona Department of Health Services

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  • April: Arizona is most likely sending out April benefits on the normal schedule. We will update this post once we confirm this.
  • March: Arizona sent out March benefits from March 1st - 6th.

Arkansas Department of Human Services

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  • April: Arkansas sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Arkansas sent out March benefits on Monday, March 4th.

California Department of Social Services

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  • April: California sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: California sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Colorado Department of Human Services

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  • April: Colorado sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Colorado sent out March benefits from March 1st - 10th.

Connecticut Department of Social Services

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  • April: Connecticut sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Connecticut sent out March benefits on the the normal schedule, from March 1st - 3rd.

Delaware Health and Social Services

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  • April: Delaware sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Delaware sent out March benefits on Monday, March 4th.

Florida Department of Children and Families

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  • April: Florida sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Florida sent out half of March benefits on March 1st, and the other half on the normal schedule.

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

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  • April: Georgia sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Georgia sent out half of March benefits on March 2nd, and the other half on the normal schedule.

Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services

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  • April: Guam is most likely sending out April benefits on the normal schedule. We will update this post once we confirm this.
  • March: Guam sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

State of Hawaii Department of Human Services

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  • April: Hawaii sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Hawaii sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, from March 3rd - 5th.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

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  • April: Idaho sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Idaho sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, from March 1st - 10th.

Illinois Department of Human Services

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  • April: Illinois sent out April food stamp benefits from April 1st - 10th. The schedule will be back to normal in May.
  • March: Illinois sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

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  • April: Indiana sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Indiana sent out half of March benefits on February 22nd, and the other half from March 1st - 20th.

Iowa Department of Human Services

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  • April: Iowa sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Iowa sent out out March benefits on the normal schedule, between March 1st - 10th.

Kansas Department for Children and Families

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  • April: Kansas sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Kansas sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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  • April: Kentucky sent out April food stamp benefits from April 1st - 10th.
  • March: Kentucky sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services

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  • April: Louisiana sent out April benefits from April 1st - 9th for households that normally get their benefits then, and on April 9th for households that normally get their benefits from April 10th - 14th.
  • March: Louisiana sent out March benefits on March 1st and March 2nd.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

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  • April: Maine sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Maine sent out March benefits on Sunday, March 3rd.

Maryland Department of Human Services

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  • April: Maryland sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Maryland sent out March benefits on Wednesday, March 6th.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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  • April: Massachusetts sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Massachusetts sent out March benefits from March 1st - 4th.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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  • April: Michigan sent out April food stamp benefits from April 3rd - 12th. The schedule will be back to normal in May.
  • March: Michigan sent out March benefits from March 3rd - 5th.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

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  • April: Minnesota is most likely sending out April benefits on the normal schedule. We will update this post once we confirm this.
  • March: Minnesota sent out March benefits from March 4th - 6th.

Mississippi Department of Human Service

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  • April: Mississippi sent out April food stamp benefits on April 12th. The schedule will be back to normal in May.
  • March deposit schedule: Mississippi sent out March benefits on Monday, March 4th.

Missouri Department of Social Services

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  • April: Missouri sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Missouri sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, from March 1st - 22nd.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

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  • April: Montana sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Montana sent out March benefits on Saturday, March 2nd.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

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  • April: Nebraska sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Nebraska sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

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  • April: Nevada sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Nevada sent out March benefits on the normal schedule of Friday, March 1st.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

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  • April: New Hampshire sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: New Hampshire sent out March benefits on the normal schedule of Tuesday, March 5th.

New Jersey Department of Human Services

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  • April: New Jersey sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: New Jersey sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

New Mexico Human Services Department

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  • April: New Mexico sent out April food stamp benefits from April 1st - 10th. The schedule will be back to normal in May.
  • March: New Mexico sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

New York Department of Social Services

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  • April: New York (“upstate” districts) sent out April benefits on the normal schedule. New York City is also sending out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: For “upstate” districts, New York is planning to issue March benefits on March 1st and 2nd. New York City sent out March benefits from March 1st - 7th.

New York City Human Resources Administration

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  • April: New York City sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: New York City sent out March benefits from March 1st - 7th.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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  • April: North Carolina sent out April food stamp benefits from April 1st - 11th for households that normally get their benefits then, and on April 12th for households that normally get their benefits from April 13th - 21st. The schedule will be back to normal in May.
  • March: North Carolina sent out March benefits on Sunday, March 3rd.

North Dakota Department of Human Services

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  • April: North Dakota sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: North Dakota sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, on Friday, March 1st.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

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  • April: Ohio sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Ohio sent out half of March benefits on February 22nd, and the other half on the normal schedule, from March 2nd - 20th.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

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  • April: Oklahoma sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Oklahoma sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Oregon Department of Human Services

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  • April: Oregon sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Oregon sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

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  • April: Pennsylvania sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Pennsylvania sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, over the first 10 business days of March.

Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico

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  • April: Puerto Rico is most likely sending out April benefits on the normal schedule. We will update this post once we confirm this.

Rhode Island Department of Human Services

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  • April: Rhode Island sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Rhode Island sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, on Friday, March 1st.

South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid

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  • April: South Carolina sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: South Carolina sent out March benefits on Tuesday, March 5th.

South Dakota Department of Human Services

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  • April: South Dakota sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: South Dakota sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, on Sunday, March 10th.

Tennessee Department of Human Services

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  • April: Tennessee sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Tennessee sent out March benefits from March 1st - 6th.

Texas Health and Human Services

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  • April: Texas sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Texas sent out March benefits from March 1st - 7th, based on the last digit of your EDG number. Read more.

Utah Department of Human Services

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  • April: Utah sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Utah sent out March benefits on Tuesday, March 5th.

Vermont Agency of Human Services

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  • April: Vermont sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Vermont sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, on Friday, March 1st.

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services

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  • April: The Virgin Islands are most likely sending out April benefits on the normal schedule. We will update this post once we confirm this.
  • March: The Virgin Islands sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Virginia Department of Social Services

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  • April: Virginia sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Virginia sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

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  • April: Washington sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Washington sent out March benefits from March 2nd - 11th.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

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  • April: West Virginia sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: West Virginia sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

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  • April: Wisconsin sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Wisconsin sent out March benefits on Friday, March 1st.

Wyoming Department of Family Services

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  • April: Wyoming sent out April benefits on the normal schedule.
  • March: Wyoming sent out March benefits on the normal schedule, from March 1st - 4th.

Still have questions? Is this information incorrect or out of date? Email help@freshebt.com and we’ll do our best to get back to you.

Fresh EBT is not part of the government and we do not guarantee the accuracy of this information. If you have specific questions about your SNAP case, please contact your case worker or local human services office.

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