OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Thousands of families who have SNAP benefits will need to act quickly to get the help they need.
The USDA has asked states to provide February benefits earlier than normal and the deadline to get recertified is Tuesday night.
Not all SNAP benefits were approved during the shutdown so there is a chance money could run out.
Karen Heng, deputy director of economic assistance at Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, said her biggest concern is ensuring benefits last through the end of February.
"The early issuance is the monthly issuance for February so there will not be an additional issuance, which usually people get the monthly any time between the first through the fifth of the month," she said. "In this particular case there won't be any."
Heng says it is still unclear what will happen if the government shutdown continues but she hopes to have answers from the food and nutrition services soon.