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INDIANAPOLIS (December 9, 2013) -- The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is informing the more than 926,000 SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in Indiana about important changes that will impact them starting in January. The changes are the result of Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 530, passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, and will change the dates recipients will receive their monthly benefits beginning with a one month transition in January 2014.
The amount of recipients’ SNAP benefits is NOT changing – but the day on which benefits are applied to their Hoosier Works EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards will change.
Payment dates for SNAP depend on the first letter of the client’s last name, and benefits have previously been made to clients during the first 10 days of each month. SEA 530 dictates that, starting in 2014, SNAP payments will be spread from the fifth through the 23rd of every month, on odd days.
However, to phase in the change, in the month of January 2014 only, SNAP clients will receive half of their benefits on their current date and the other half on their new date.
FSSA has developed a website to explain the date change at www.SNAP.IN.gov .There is also a chart (see below) showing clients’ current date and future date, based upon the first letter of their last name. In addition, on the website clients can gain a clearer picture of exactly how SEA 530 will impact them and their families by typing in their last names to determine their exact payment dates.
Having distribution days spread throughout the month will mean fewer shoppers on any of those days, making shopping easier for SNAP clients and for all food shoppers. Additionally, spreading distribution days will also ease the burden on grocery stores and other food sellers, as well, as those merchants can spread demand throughout the month.
This chart and the example below demonstrate the distribution of benefits for SNAP clients and how they will change:
First letter of SNAP recipient’s last name
|A or B
||C or D
||E, F or G
||H or I
||J, K or L
||M or N
||O, P, Q or R
||T, U or V
||W, X, Y or Z
|Old deposit date
|New deposit date
Here, for example, are dates for a client with the last name “Smith:”
December 2013 benefits - issued December 8, 2013
January 2014 benefits – half issued January 8, 2014 and half issued January 19, 2014
February 2014 benefits – issued on new date of February 19, 2014
In addition to the website, www.SNAP.IN.gov , FSSA has undertaken several different communications to inform SNAP clients of this important change. Those include:
- FSSA has assembled – and been sharing information with – a team that includes the Indiana Association of United Ways, Indiana 211, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (a group representing food pantries around the state), the Indiana Retail Council, the Indiana Independent Grocers and Convenience Stores and various individual retailers.
- These organizations and retailers have begun posting and sharing information about the changes in their various locations.
- Each SNAP recipient has received at least two mailings announcing the change.
- FSSA has launched a statewide advertising campaign including radio advertising as well as ads on and inside city buses.
- FSSA has created two videos to be used as public service announcements and to raise awareness of this important change in social media.
- SNAP clients will receive a voice recording alerting them to this change, via telephone, sometime between December 14 and December 16.
More information about SNAP is available at http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2691.htm
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