(White Plains, NY) – As the federal government shutdown nears the end of its fourth week, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Department of Social Services are helping residents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access their February benefits early. If you received SNAP benefits in January and were scheduled to receive SNAP benefits in February, your February benefit will be made available now, rather than in February. Recipients can begin to use their benefits immediately.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “As the federal government shutdown continues with no end in sight, it’s understandable that our SNAP recipients are starting to feel the pinch. The SNAP program provides nutritional assistance to thousands of our eligible, low-income families, and we are happy to assist them with the process of accessing their benefits two weeks early. Every little bit helps.”
Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Social Services Kevin McGuire said: “We share recipients’ concerns about their important Federal SNAP benefits, and are carefully monitoring developments at both the State and Federal levels to provide as much information and help as possible, and offer assistance to residents with questions about their benefits. Our Westchester County Case Management Information Center team can be reached at (914) 995-3333 and stands ready during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer any questions regarding these or other available benefits.”
The payment is the entire February SNAP benefit, not an additional payment for the month of January. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has not yet received any information on how the federal government shutdown may impact March SNAP benefits. Individuals who have already been determined eligible for benefits do not have to take any action, as February’s benefits will automatically be loaded to their SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.
SNAP recipients are welcome to visit any of Westchester County’s DSS District Offices for assistance. They can also call the Westchester County Case Management Information Center at (914) 995-3333.
About Westchester County: Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million.Â Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes.Â The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks.Â Westchester is made up ofÂ 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages.Â Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life.Â The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers.Â Â Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visitingÂ www.westchestergov.com