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Old Yesterday, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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"Due to a federal government directive, state and local agencies around the country are sounding an urgent message to those in need of food benefits: Get your paperwork in before funding runs out.

Those in El Paso County whose food assistance cases are due for redetermination must submit documents by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in order to be eligible for February benefits, according to a Jan. 11 statement from the county's Department of Human Services titled "Urgent Update to Food Assistance Program in Government Shutdown."


Normally that paperwork wouldn't be due until February, says El Paso County DHS spokesperson Kristina Iodice. But the federal government shutdown has left agencies around the country scrambling to let SNAP recipients know about deadline changes.

"El Paso County DHS' main location at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road will stay open until 8.p.m. — three hours later than usual — on Jan. 14 to accommodate an increased demand for services.

SNAP funds for February will be distributed by Jan. 20, weeks earlier than normal, to those who have complete files. However, the statement notes that the county "cannot guarantee assistance" even if documents are received by the appropriate deadlines.

"At this time, there is no information available about March food assistance," the statement continues.

The directive to distribute funds early came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced Jan. 8 that it would utilize a provision in the last stopgap funding measure allowing certain payments within 30 days of the measure's Dec. 21 expiration date. It expects February SNAP benefits to cost around $4.8 billion."


"Care and Share is asking the community for financial donations in particular, says Joanna Wise, the food bank’s marketing and communications director.

“We’re always in need of food donations year-round, but when it comes to something that we have to react to quickly, monetary donations are more effective for us,” Wise says. “It saves us a lot of time, because with food donations we have to inspect it and sort it and repack it. When we purchase it, we’re able to eliminate that step so we can get it to our partners a lot faster.”"


I'll bet many of the recipients are not aware of this dilemma. It could cause a crisis for many.
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Old Today, 12:40 PM
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Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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It's not just Colorado Springs, the SNAP (foodstamp) program will be impacted in the same way all across the country. Those who depend on SNAP will be left in dire straits after January 20th. There are some food box distribution programs through the USDA, but these too will vanish since the USDA is affected by the shutdown. What all this means is that the food pantries and soup kitchens funded by churches and private organizations are going to be overwhelmed. They'll have their regular clients plus a huge influx of new clients whose food stamps have vanished plus all the Federal workers in the Springs who are forced to attempt survival without a paycheck - that's a large number of hungry people who will be stressing local food pantries to the max.

Please, if you can afford to, send a donation to the food pantry or soup kitchen of your choice.
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