Pennsylvania – Food stamp recipients will get their February benefits early, but they’ll have to make them last until the partial government shutdown is over.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services says benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be dispersed today and will be available for use by Saturday.

This early payment is SNAP recipients’ February benefit and will be the only benefit payment SNAP recipients will receive for the month of February. Recipients will not receive a payment on their regularly scheduled February payment date.

Payments beyond February will be determined based on the availability of USDA funds. DHS is awaiting information from the USDA on plans for March benefits should the partial federal government shutdown continue.

Clients with questions about their benefits can contact their local County Assistance Office or can call the statewide customer service center at 1-877-395-8930. Clients who reside in Philadelphia should call 1-215-560-7226.

Listen to comments from Senator Art Haywood of Philadelphia and Montgomery County; Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia; Senator Sharif Street of Philadelphia, and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa of Allegheny County.