Because of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to make February SNAP benefits available early. State of Ohio benefits will be released today, Wednesday, January 16.
This is not a bonus. Households that receive an early issuance will not receive benefits in February. Those receiving benefits are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly and make any food assistance they receive in January stretch as long as possible.
If you have questions about your case, please call your county JFS agency. Contact information can be found here: http://jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.stm