As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families will issue an early release of February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to eligible clients.

The release of benefits will be on Jan. 20.

“It’s important to note that SNAP recipients will not receive SNAP benefits in February,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. “We urge families to budget as necessary for the month of February since this payment will come earlier than usual.”

DHHR county offices remain open and all appointments and interviews will follow regular schedule during the partial federal government shutdown. DHHR will continue to accept and process SNAP applications, redeterminations, and contact forms. SNAP eligibility and verification requirements are unchanged.

In preparation for the SNAP program to be affected by the government shutdown, No Hunger Food Pantry is seeking the community’s help in stocking its shelves with general staples.

Items needed include corn bread mix, cereal and oatmeal, soup, saltine crackers, rice, tuna, corn, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti noodles and sauce, beans (canned and dry), and green beans.

The pantry’s hours of operation are Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, workers are at the pantry starting at 8:15 both days.

Director Liz Stewart is available at any time for donation drop off. You may call or message her at any time at 304-761-4849.