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Nebraska will issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits early because of the partial federal government shutdown.

The U.S Department of Agriculture asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on SNAP for food security.

The nearly 74,000 Nebraska households enrolled in SNAP will see their next monthly allocation by Jan. 20.

The early benefit disbursement means SNAP recipients whose benefits are up for recertification in January should also act quickly to collect those funds.

“We need to process January recertification paperwork by Jan. 15,” said Matthew Wallen, director of the Division of Children and Family Services, which administers the SNAP program.

“We are shifting personnel, authorizing overtime and working this Saturday and Sunday to process both recertifications and new applications to make sure recipients get their February benefits.”

Because of the partial federal government shutdown, the ACCESSNebraska customer service center is also receiving heavy call volume, the department said in a news release. ACCESSNebraska is the system Nebraskans use to apply for and get Medicaid and various public benefits.

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